Google has been busy making Chrome OS look more like a standard desktop operating system. Up until a few months ago the browser-based operating system booted right into a web browser window, and there was no way to minimize it. The browser was the desktop.
Then Google rolled out an update that added a taskbar and desktop. Now Google’s making another change, which makes it easy to access your list of Chrome web apps from any window.
When you install a web app in Chrome, it gets added to your list of apps — even if all you’re really “installing” is a shortcut to a web site that lets you check your email, view maps, or chat with friends.
Now instead of having to open a new browser tab or visit the desktop to see a list of apps, you can just tap the apps icon in the taskbar.
This brings up a pop-up window showing your installed apps. There’s also a search bar so you can find apps that don’t fit on the first page (or you can click the icon at the bottom of the window to switch to the next page).
The latest Chrome OS stable release also adds support for custom desktop wallpapers based on your own photos. Google has also added audio support for USB and HDMI, among other changes.