Google is out to change the way you use the Internet.

Their new line of Chrome apps is designed to be used off-line on your desktop, not just on the web. Google’s Chrome book has long offered off-line capabilities, but soon these apps will now work on Windows machines, Macs, and Linux desktops.

If you’re not willing to wait, you can get the beta version of the app launcher on your Mac right now.


  1. You’ll need to download Google Chrome here or make sure that you have the most up-to-date version.
  2. When you’re prompted, run the program.
  3. With Chrome in place you’ll need to enable the app launcher. In Chrome’s search bar, enter  chrome://flags. Next, locate and enable the “App Launcher OSX App Bundle.” Then, restart Chrome.
  4. Now you’re ready to check out the apps. Head over to the web store to download, manage and launch apps.
  5. After you launch an app, you’ll be able to locate it in the Applications folder of Chrome App Launcher.

Here’s a rundown of the first 47 top-rated productivity extensions for Chrome (as of July 2013). Top 47 Google Chrome Productivity Extensions by Rating

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