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Chrome Apps & App Launcher Now Available for Macs

by Jacob Kleinman | December 11, 2013December 11, 2013 3:00 pm PST

Back in September, Google released Chrome Apps for Chromebooks and Windows, introducing a new breed of Chromium-based applications that work offline and outside of your browser. Now Chrome Apps are finally available on your Mac computer through the Chrome Web Store, along with a new App Launcher that sits in your Dock.

While many Chrome Apps work offline, they’re still web-based, automatically syncing to the cloud and updating whenever you sign into Chrome. At the same time, they’re totally native to your computer, meaning you can bring one up through Spotlight search, though they’ll always be a click away thanks to the App Launcher.

The Chrome Web Store can be pretty overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re looking for, so Google also highlights a few free Chrome apps that may come in handy. If you need to edit a home movie, Google recommends that you check out WeVideo Next, which offers a simplified video editing tool and works offline. There’s also Smartsheet for collaborative planning and work, and Until AM, which lets you DJ music from both you own computer and the cloud.

Head to the source to get started now.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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