The Chrome launcher has exited developer preview mode and is now available across the board. When installing the Google Chrome App Launcher, it will be added to the start page, task bar, and desktop on Windows 7 and Windows 8.
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Google Chrome for iOS has been updated to version 28.0.1500.12. This new version of the app has full browser history and interoperability with other Google apps. For example, there is an option to open links for YouTube, Maps, G+ and Drive in the app instead of the browser.
On Tuesday, Google released a new version of the Google Chrome browser. Google Chrome 28 has a notification center, but it is only available on Windows and Chrome OS right now. You can update to the new version of Chrome using the built-in updated or it can be downloaded directly from google.com/chrome. This is the first version of Chrome that uses Blink rather than WebKit. Google updated Chrome to version 28 on Linux first on June 17th. Richer notifications will be coming to the Mac soon.
Google is shutting down the Chrome Frame product in January 2014. Launched in 2009, Google Chrome Frame is a free plugin for Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8 and 9 on Windows 7, Vista or XP SP2+ that serves as a way to view websites with modern HTML5 elements for older versions of the browser assuming that they have right meta tags.
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Google has launched the “conversational search” feature on the Chrome browser for Mac, Windows, Linux on version 27 of the browser. The “conversational search” feature is similar to how voice search and Google Now apps on Android and iOS devices work. This feature allows users to ask Google questions by “talking” to the search engine using words and phrases. This spares your fingers from having to constantly type in search keywords. Google responds in a natural human-like way.
Google has added notifications to the Google Chrome browser for Windows. Google Chrome will also get a Notification Center that can be viewed outside of the browser. Users can see all of the notifications that they missed through the new Notification Center.
Google Happiness Evangelist François Beaufort wrote on Google+ that the company is working on a Chrome OS app launcher for the Mac. Early adopters can try a beta version of the app now. To access App Launcher in beta, you will need to install Chromium and run a command in terminal. Then when you click on the Chromium dock icon, you will see a grid of installed web apps from the Chrome store. When you click on the apps, it will open the browser windows in full-screen with the selected app. You will also need to keep your terminal window open to access other apps. No word yet on when the final version of Chrome App Launcher for OS X will launch officially.
There is an internal Microsoft ad that parodies the Google Chrome browser that has been uploaded to YouTube. The Microsoft ad is based on their “Scroogled” campaign. The ad warns you that Google Chrome is tracking them across multiple devices. The ad is a parody of Google’s “Chrome: Now Everywhere.” The original video and parody video are embedded below. The video was not intended to be seen by the public so it was actually leaked according to a Microsoft spokesperson.