Google announced and opened the Chrome Web Store at the Chrome Event on December 7. The Chrome Web Store is modeled after the Apple App Store and Android App Market. Apps, Extensions, and Themes are available, both free and paid. Google describes these as:
* Apps Web apps are advanced interactive websites. They may provide a wide-ranging set of features or focus on a single task like photo-editing or shopping. You can easily access the web apps you install from the Chrome Web Store through shortcuts in Chrome’s New Tab page.
* Extensions Extensions let you add new features to your browser. For example, an email notifier extension can show an email alert in your browser toolbar so you don’t have to log in to your email in a separate window to check if you have new messages. There are also extensions that work silently in the background, such as an extension that automatically formats and displays web pages in your preferred style.
* Themes Themes allow you to you customize the look and feel of your browser, including themes from leading artists and designers around the world.
Though centered around the Google Chrome browser and partners' online web applications at the launching, the Google Web Store is a preparatory step for the Google Chrome Operating System. The Chrome OS will be a cloud computing OS, that is, all applications will be online, not on the computer. Google Documents is an example of the cloud approach, whereby the productivity suite (e.g. spreadsheets, word processing, etc.) is online (in the cloud).
(Google) "Chrome Web Store - What's inside?" The Chrome Web Store is an online marketplace where you can discover thousands of apps, extensions and themes for Google Chrome. To start exploring the store, visit https://chrome.google.com/webstore or click the store icon in Chrome's New Tab page.
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