A New Breed of Chrome Apps
I have said in the past that Chrome OS can be powerful platform and because Chrome is also a browser means that if you have Chrome you basically have Chrome OS which can be installed in most Operating Systems. But the only problem with Chrome OS is that the only thing you can do is run websites and not native applications. Well that is all about to change (well technically not really as this could have been done now in the past with some quirks) with the announcement of the "New Breed of Chrome Apps".
Taken from Chrome Blog, http://chrome.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/a-new-breed-of-chrome-apps.html they have announced a full native experience for chrome apps that works offline, store data in the cloud or on local storage and take advantage of hardware of the computer like the graphics card and webcams. That sounds cool and new, but it isn't really that new. What is new is the native experience.
The native experience from what I gather is removing the address bar and all the things that goes along with a web browser, just like a normal application. It also has a start icon in the OS launcher, just like a normal application. But the difference here is that it feels like a native application that belongs with windows or OSX but actually it is actually a chrome application.
But what does this all mean? Well it means that developers can now build rich and complex application using web technologies and Native Client (C++) once and work EVERYWHERE. It means a developers may not need to decide to build on Windows, OSX or Linux and just build for Chrome as Chrome can be deployed anywhere and is always updated to the latest and greatest version. What this in effect becomes is a sneaky little OS which can run on top of any other OS.
This in my opinion is huge as Google has found a way for developers to make rich and interesting application available for everyone... It is why the Web is so successful and this is another evolutionary step for the Web today.