SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Google has unleashed its applications from the web and is now offering them in desktop versions.
The firm has posted about the emancipation, saying that it means users can play games or use its applications even when they are in internet blackspots. Initially the For Your Desktop applications are available for Chrome, while Mac and PC versions will follow, said Google.
"Today we're unveiling a new kind of Chrome App, which brings together the speed, security and flexibility of the modern web with the powerful functionality previously only available with software installed on your devices. (Think apps designed for your desktop or laptop, just like the ones for your phone and tablet)," said the firm on the fifth anniversary of its Chrome launch.
"These apps are more powerful than before, and can help you get work done, play games in full-screen and create cool content all from the web."
While it is aimed at the web, Google said that the Chrome app collection removes many of the distractions associated with web browsing. "No tabs, buttons or text boxes [means] you can get into the app without being distracted by the rest of the web," it said.
Users will still get notifications if they want them, but through the desktop. Google said that the apps are synced across devices, meaning that you can pick them up on a range of machines.
Apps are automatically updated and are protected with security features like sandboxing for mitigating the risks of phishing and malware infection. µ
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