The Next Step in Cloud Computing: Chrome Web Store

As I’ve said before, we’re seeing the lines between web apps and desktop apps quickly blurring and we all know where this is heading. It’s safe to say we can expect to see usable cloud computing solutions actually capable of replacing desktop systems for many people.

Google just kicked it up a notch announcing the Chrome Web Store. The wildly popular app store concept is finally being applied to today’s powerful web apps, closing the gap between native desktop and web apps even further. The Chrome Web Store is a marketplace that will make it easy for people to find and “install” todays powerful web apps.

Read on for more info., screenshots and our thoughts.

Chrome Web Store

The Chrome Web Store is simply a marketplace that will make it easy for users to find the powerful web apps that are already available today. In the future this will be important as web apps are exponentially increasing in availability and it’s increasingly hard to find the best of the best.

Chrome Web Store

Chrome Web Store – Image by Techcrunch

Using Google’s Chrome browser or Chrome OS, users will be able to browse the marketplace and discover the best web apps available. When you find something you like, you’ll “install” it. Instead of the traditional app installation (like desktop apps), a shortcut is created for quick access to the app (shown as tabs with raised icons).

App Install

App Install – Image by Techcrunch

Although these web apps will be accessible via any modern web browser, the Chrome Web Store is built for Google’s Chrome browser and Chrome OS (still in development). However, “installed” web apps from the Chrome Web Store will have certain advantages over the regular web app, such as advanced HTML5 permissions, giving the web app even more power and capabilities — further blurring the line between a web app and a native desktop app.

Developer Benefits

The Chrome Web Store is going to be tremendously beneficial for web app developers as it brings the popularity of the “App Store” to the web, giving developers an easier market to produce their apps for. The big thing here is that developers will be able to charge charge for their apps.

Chrome Web Store Apps - Image by Engadget

Chrome Web Store Apps – Image by Engadget

Of course this won’t be much different than a user signing up to use a specific web app, except that it will be within an organized marketplace with reviews, ratings and other additional benefits — not to mention that the purchase process will be much easier for users which in turn opens a stronger revenue possibility for developers.

Chrome OS

You’re probably familiar with Chrome OS or as least have heard of it. The Chrome Web Store will be available within this specialized OS, making it something even more powerful and certainly a technology to keep an eye on as it develops. It will potentially be a solution within the next couple years that has the capability of replacing traditional desktops for a large number of people, especially those who spend most of their computing time in a browser.

Final Thoughts

We all know the web is rapidly changing and as web apps become more prolific they’re slowing beginning to replace their native desktop counterparts. An interesting perspective on this, however, is that it’s very likely we’ll begin consuming information and media very differently as this new concept begins to take hold. For example, Sports Illustrated Magazine’s HTML5 app doesn’t follow the traditional website design or content structure, but rather something more immersive.

Not too long ago I saw a web app for the iPad for a magazine and said to myself, “That’s how we should be consuming information on the web.” It was so much more interactive and immersive than today’s traditional websites. Beyond the shift from desktop to “cloud-top” I expect we’ll begin to see a shift in the way we consume the web as well, which I believe is just as revolutionary.

Your Thoughts?

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