Google has dispensed with the Chrome app launcher for Windows, Mac and Linux, a news that is being greeted with mixed reactions. While some believe that the app launcher was one of the “worst features” of the browser, its dedicated users are disappointed at Google’s move. The app launcher has been done away with in Chrome 52. The app launcher allowed users to launch Chrome apps without opening the browser.
However, this was similar to app launchers that are native to Windows and MacOS and in that sense was a duplicate in terms of the aim. Now, the Chrome apps will ‘live’ inside those launchers, but will retain the ability to be opened even when the browser is not open.
The decision to do away with the launcher for Windows, Mac, and Linux was made sometime in March this year, when Google realised that most users found the feature of little use and preferred to open apps within their browser.
However, if you are a Chrome OS user, this launcher feature will continue to be available. Along with this, the Chrome 52 has many security fixes. For the Mac, the latest version brings Material design elements. You will see flatter looking tabs, menus and buttons, once you update your browser on Mac. When the new look version of the Chrome 52 will be available for Windows is not known.
While the desktop update of Chrome is being rolled out right now, the new version for Chrome OS and Chrome on Android be available soon. In April this year, Chrome in its blogpost had said that reached the 1 billion monthly active users mark on mobile. Google’s Chrome is a widely used internet browser around the world.