Google Chrome Getting Windows-Like Makeover

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April 10, 2012
New Interface Coming For Google's Chrome OS
By Shaylin Clark
Google's Chrome OS may be getting makeover that will make it look more like, well, an OS. The latest developer version of the web-based operating system contains code for Aura, a redesigned user interface. Aura provides desktop and window management system much like what you find in Windows or OS X.

Currently Chrome OS's user interface consists of one window of the Chrome browser. The only apps on the computer are web apps run from inside this browser window, and in place of windows you have browser tabs. Aura puts something behind that one browser window, giving Chrome OS a more traditional look and feel. It adds support for multiple windows open in the same desktop environment, as well as a Windows-like taskbar and an OS X-like app launch pad. It's not yet clear whether Chrome OS will also be getting support for genuine apps, or will remain focused on web apps from the Chrome Web Store.

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