Starting today Google has made the App Launcher feature built into Chromebooks available on Windows in the Chrome Dev Channel and Chromium releases. Read on to see what the new App Launcher feature looks like and how you can activate it on your Dev Channel or Chromium installation.
You can see what the new App Launcher looks like when activated in the screenshot above. Just click on the desired regular app and it will open normally, but when you click on a packaged app like Text Drive, then it opens in a separate window automatically as seen here.
The view when the App Launcher is not active… We also found that we could move the App Launcher Icon separately from Chromium to a new position on the Windows 7 Taskbar as desired.
Special Note: The app launcher icon remained pinned to our taskbar after closing Chromium. You can unpin it the same as any other app icon.
As you can see in the screenshot below the Apps Function is no longer available in the New Tab Page Window. All that is left is the Most Visited Webpages function.
At the moment the new Chrome App Launcher is only available on Windows, but will be coming to Mac OS X and Linux soon as well.
You can learn more about the new feature by visiting the blog post below along with accessing the installation links for the two available packaged apps (Text Drive and CIRC). You will need to install at least one of the packaged apps in order to activate the new app launcher function in your browser.
Chrome app launcher developer preview [The Chromium Blog]