Chrome Show: New Chrome apps for Windows, OS X show Google’s strategy

We’ve discussed Google’s long-term Chrome strategy for more than a year, suggesting that the Chrome browser would become a framework for Google to boost desktop engagement. This week saw another step towards that goal with a standalone Hangouts app for Windows and Chrome OS with support for Mac OS X in the works. A clue in the Chromium tracker indicates that Google Play Music may be the next such app.

We talk about this in more detail in our weekly Chrome Show podcast, also chatting about some Chromecast developments as well as an easier way to get Android apps running on your own Chrome OS device using a — you guessed it — standalone Chrome app.

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Hosts: Janko Roettgers and Kevin C. Tofel

Chrome for business is better than before

Hangouts is now a Chrome App, likely the first of many

Could Google Play Music be the next Chrome app for all platforms?

Goodbye Tofu, hello Noto!

Netflix comes to Linux so long as you use Chrome

Allcast is coming to iOS, and you can sign up now to test it

Will we soon have another Google cast-capable device?

Three new Android apps are officially available on Chrome

App/extension of the week: Twerk; it’s not what you think!