RIP Google Chrome App Launcher


What is the Google App Launcher?

Shame on you <wicked laugh> for not knowing about it.  I use it and am a big fan of it.

Many of the writers on the DCT Team have their  specific Browser Preferences.  I am a Google Chrome fan. I use many of Google’s apps and features. One of them I actively use is set to go to the Google graveyard very soon.  I heard about this and was bummed.  As with technology though, if you are going to utilize the tools available, you have to be able to accept it when things like this happen.  So many great ideas, and just when you really get to like something, “Whoosh!”, it goes away.

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The Google Chrome App Launcher makes it easy to open up applications outside the browser.  The decommissioning will take place over the next few months as the folks at Google work on streamlining things. In just a few weeks, Chrome will no longer have the capability to enable the launcher when folks like me first install a Chrome app. Those of us who use the app will receive a notification telling us that the Launcher is going…going…gone.  In July 2016, existing instances of the launcher will be removed.

The Chrome App Launcher will be removed from Apple, Windows and Linux operating systems.

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What I like about it is that it allows me to launch applications like Facebook, Mail Chimp, YouTube, etc., from right within the browser via this cool shortcut panel.  It seems, though, that there is a small fan base.  Google is always looking for ways to improve and stay competitive with other browsers.  We all learn to adapt.  My favorite saying from an old Motorcycle Instructor of mine was this, “Innovate, Adapt and Overcome.”  This applies to things besides the App Launcher.

If you are like me, and you like to open applications from within Chrome, have no fear,  Chrome Apps can still be accessed by clicking on the Apps Shortcut in the bookmarks bar or typing, chrome://apps, in the Address Bar (Omnibox).


AppJump Launcher and Organizer

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So what will you use?  I plan on checking this out.  Does anyone use AppJump Launcher now or have any experience with it?

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Sherri Meinke

A long-standing Computer Geek with over 25 years of experience. Having owned her first Apple IIe and moving on up the ranks with a multitude of Windows-based pc’s to her latest toy, a Dell Venue 11 Pro tablet with Windows 10. Sherri repairs, upgrades, and recycles computers as well as consults, trains & designs Websites. She is a Former AOL Community Leader and loves forums as well as online training. She created the "Camp Wired" computer training program at the Medina County Library system, 8 years ago. It is a free computer education program teaching technology in a relaxed atmosphere where students at all levels get to mentor other students and grow in their knowledge and understanding of technology. This program runs year round with no signs of slowing down.

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