Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/177846/chrome-brings-apps-to-your-desktop-are-they-worth-using/
Do you use Windows, Mac, or Linux applications? Google wants you to replace them with Chrome apps in the future. Google Chrome is now an app platform, complete with a Chrome app launcher for Windows and Mac.
Subjective... but no Chrome OS or Google office apps for me. I currently use Win 7 desktop and Android tablet -- and my files are all in 'the cloud' for offsite backup purposes --- with a selected bunch encrypted before uploading. And that's the problem I have with Google / Chrome. As a company that relies on data mining and selling -- meaning the scanning of all our files to better know who we are and what and how to sell to us -- Google apps will not work with any encrypted files. Everything is protected by our login password, but otherwise open and naked to Google.
I like the concept of "cloud" OS, apps and storage. I will definitely be more enthusiastic about using similar from Mozilla -- if or when they ever come out with such. But not with Google.
This could work for me. I hate the new tab page and I don't like having the bookmarks bar displayed to get quick access to the apps. Sure, I rarely use them, but if they improve, this would be a preferred method of access for me.
I do think it would be nice to be able to choose which apps display, rather than having all of your apps there.
Why the hell does everybody think that just because Google primarily works online means that they mine and sell your data? It's stated pretty clearly that data like this is encrypted by the browser, and that no Google employee, Larry Page or not, cannot view your data.
The continued naiveté boggles the mind. Browser encryption? We are talking about apps and data files -- the spreadsheets and documents you build and store using Google apps!
Still nope. Google employees aren't allowed any of your data. Give me solid proof that Google's been leaking out personal data, and I'll believe you.
Take a wild guess as to how Google helps advertisers TAILOR their ads to you. And Google does it so extensively and so well that it is one hugely profitable company. Its software are mostly free. It sells comparatively few hardware. It isn't a service or consulting company. How? Take a wild guess!
It bears repeating the naivite -- even on this board. That's right. Your info is all safe and private at Google. Cause no employee actually looks at anything. Hello? This day and age, the scanning is all automated!!
Not accusing Google of doing anything untoward at all... it is a marketing business that excels at what it does -- to know everything pertinent and to monetize the power of knowledge.
But think if you were in the defense or robotics business -- to use as an example -- and an avid user of Google apps. Think you might reconsider building and parking your business plans and analyses with Google (to facilitate sharing among your team and all that) -- when you come across this? Oops - a new potential competitor who has all your stuff!
Some of us care more than others about our private data. There is no right answer. But for business use, I wouldn't put anything in a public cloud without first encrypting -- if I put anything in a public cloud at all.
All search engines will need to use a computer/server/robot/whatever to parse your request, otherwise its function is impossible. That's like saying, “Show me all files with these contents... but don't you dare look at what's inside them!”
Can i make a page shortcut application from tools menu,and then put it in startup/chrome apps? to get some sort a notification or something like that...like instead of bookmarks?
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