All the buzz lately is been about “web apps” and Google’s new Chrome Web App Store. What is a web app? How do you install web apps?
Basically these Chrome web apps are just feature rich and content rich version of a particular website. Most apps are just specially packaged bookmarks that open a web page inside of your browser. This isn’t the case for all of the available apps on the Chrome Web Store. Some of these apps are just websites, and can be viewed in any browser, but there are some exceptions to the rule. The some of the better apps are built from using HTML5. These apps are really cool looking apps and have tons of rich content, they are more the These apps can only be viewed and used from inside of a Google Chrome browser. A good example of a real HTML5 web app is the Sports Illustrated Snapshot app. If you are into sports like I am, I suggest you make this one of your first choices.
- You need to download and install Google Chrome 8.0 Stable or higher. You can download Google Chrome from google.com/chrome. Now if you already have a version of Google Chrome installed on your computer, you need to check to see if you are running the correct version. Click on TOOLS>ABOUT GOOGLE CHROME and you will open a window that will show you what build you currently have installed. For the Chrome Web Store you should be running at least Google Chrome 8.0.552.215 or higher.
- Next you need to make sure you have a valid Google Account. If you have a Gmail address or have used any Google product in the past, then you are good to go. If not you can create a new Google Account here. After that make sure that you sign in.
- You need to head over to the Chrome Web Store from inside of your Chrome Browser.
- Now it’s time to find the app you want to download and install. There are several different categories to browse from. There are categories ranging from Communication to Games to Utilities. There are also PAID apps to purchase, but most of the apps are free. If you are looking for a good app to start with, I suggest the Weather Window Beta by WeatherBug. It does a good job at showing off what a real ‘web app’ is, and it shows the potential of the Chrome Web Store.
- After you have finally decided on a app, simply just click on INSTALL. Your Chrome Browser will take care of the rest. Once the app has finished installing, you will automatically be taken to a new TAB. This is where a list of all of your installed web apps are located.
- That’s it, you are done. Just follow these if you want to install any other apps. Remember to acces your apps at anytime, just open up a new tab.
Now you can have fun with your Chrome Browser. Remember the Chrome Web Store has only been open for a week, so developers are still working on new apps. New apps will be added all the time I’m sure.
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