1. Google Chrome Launcher is tool that will allow you to open Chrome apps like Flowdock from your taskbar. (Think start menu for google apps)
a. It may install when you install Chrome
b. If it doesn’t
c. Open Chrome
d. Sign On from the Control Menu in Chrome
e. If you weren’t asked and it still isn’t installed, go https://chrome.google.com/webstore/launcher
f. If App Launcher isn’t an option from there, then go to StartAll Programs Google Chrome
g. Right click App Launcher from there and select pin to taskbar
h. If you still aren’t able to find it go to https://chrome.google.com/webstore/launcher
i. It should install and allow you to pin it to the taskbar
I have a confession. Secretly…I’ve always been intrigued by the Chrome Book. There’s something about moving fully to the cloud. I’ve never pulled the trigger. Mainly, because I love my local storage. Probably comes from being born pre-90’s. The cool thing is, I don’t have to have the constant tug of war of what it would be like to move to a Chrome Book.
Because the combo of Google’s Genius and Windows 8 is amazing. Google was wise enough to create a “middle ground”. They have created an App Launcher (shown below) that if you install Chrome, you can utilize the same way you would launching an app on the Chrome Book.
That’s not all though!
There’s also an option to launch Chrome in Windows 8 mode, which gives you a full desktop version (start section shown below). Essentially it’s what you see when you start up your Chrome Book for the first time.
I plan to post setup instructions next week for those interested in using this type of feature. Until then, I’m interested to hear if anyone has made the switch to something like a Chrome Book or other cloud hosted device. Let me know how your experience has been.
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Last year I went with a few guys to a Hackathon called Code For the Kingdom. You can read about it here. The next event in Austin is happening this weekend. This is a great opportunity if you’re in the Central Texas area and you have any experience with development, graphic design, business, movie, and game creation. Come by and participate.
Register today and join us at the 2014 Austin Create for the Kingdom Hackathon
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