The Next Step of google in Cloud Computing: Chrome Web Store

Google just kicked it up a notch announcing the Chrome Web Store. The wildly popular app store concept is finally being applied to today’s powerful web apps, closing the gap between native desktop and web apps even further. The Chrome Web Store is a marketplace that will make it easy for people to find and “install” todays powerful web apps.

Chrome Web Store

The Chrome Web Store is simply a marketplace that will make it easy for users to find the powerful web apps that are already available today. In the future this will be important as web apps are exponentially increasing in availability and it’s increasingly hard to find the best of the best.

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Watch Out For Google Wave – Collaboration + Communication Tool

Announced at Google I/O conference, Google Wave will be released later this year. In just couple of days hundreds of reviews have been written about Google Wave and it seems like it will be a massive success. As web developers we need to prepare ourselves for what’s heading our way.

Google Wave is a real time communication platform that provides powerful mix of email, instant messaging, wiki, chat, project management, document management, social interaction, etc. It also offers unlimited options for integrations, functionality and features by allowing developers to create extensions, gadgets and robots. On top of all this Google Wave uses an open protocol, so anyone can build their own wave system.

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All Google Widgets In One Place: Google Web Elements

Google Web Elements is a fresh website where you can find all Google widgets in one place & easily add any of them to your websites.

The website simply offers a similar customization interface for each widget and generates the JavaScript code for embedding them.

Google Web Elements

It currently presents 8 widgets:

  • Calendar (for sharing your Google Calendar with your readers)
  • Conversation (a comment replacement where users can have a conversation)
  • Custom Search (custom Google search engine)
  • Maps (easier Google Maps integration)
  • News (latest Google News articles)
  • Presentations (for sharing Google Docs presentations)
  • Spreadsheets (for sharing Google Docs spreadsheets)
  • Youtube News (Youtube news videos from a selected list of publishers)

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Firefox Watch Out! Chrome Gets Extension

Google’s Chrome has been in existence for quite some time now. While the browser was quick to move out of beta, you might be interested to know that Chrome has three release channels targeted at different segments. The stable release of the browser (currently at V 1.0.154.65), a beta release version and the Developer Preview Channel.

It is the developer channel that gets all the new features first (for obvious reasons) and provides developers a testing ground to check instability, bugs and other issues. These versions are not intended for “normal” users as it is highly unstable to work with. However, most of us are interested in this version just because of the fact that this is where almost all the upcoming features of the browser can be seen, way before they ever each the stable version.

So, in a recent update the Developer Release of the browser has graduated to version 2.0.180.0 with a much “look forwarded to” extensions support. Chrome’s competition Mozilla Firefox thrives on its comprehensive extensions support and has only due to this option that it has managed to become the second-most widely used browser on the planet. Although there is a long way for Chrome to reach the sophistication levels of Firefox’s extensions, this is a good start nevertheless. There are some sample Chrome extensions samples already available on the developer channel. Continue reading

Chrome extensions draw near, but advanced HTML 5 features recede

A new developer version of Chrome takes some significant strides to adding the top-requested feature–the ability to accommodate extensions that customize what Google’s browser can do–but programmers also pushed back support for a collection of significant advanced Web features.

Google Chrome 2.0.180.0 emerged Tuesday night for people willing to try the developer preview version. The new version installs some of the plumbing necessary to support the feature, according to the release notes.

A lightweight sample Chrome extension shows how many Gmail messages you have.

“The extensions posse would like to point out that as of today’s dev channel release, extensions are starting to be a bit more useful. We can now put little bits of UI (user interface) in the chrome of Chrome, and some of the APIs (application programming interfaces) are starting to come together,” said Google programmer Aaron Boodman in a mailing list post Tuesday. “There is still quite a ways to go, but if you’re interested in building extensions for Chrome, this might be a good time to start taking a look.”

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Google fakes out Hotmail for Chrome support

Google has added a patch to its latest beta and stable versions of Chrome to make the browser work better with Microsoft’s Hotmail site.

With the patch, Chrome tells Microsoft’s site it’s actually Apple’s Safari browser, sidestepping a compatibility issue that had caused problems using the site.

“While the Hotmail team works on a proper fix, we’re deploying a workaround that changes the user agent string that Google Chrome sends when requesting URLs that end with mail.live.com,” Chrome Product Manager Mark Larson said in a blog announcement. It also fixes a problem sending mail from Yahoo Mail, he said.

The patch is in Chrome 1.0.154.46, which also fixes a severe security problem.

Matt Cutts, Google’s chief Web spam fighter and a high-profile company blogger, was less delicate about the Hotmail issue. “Normally you think of Web pages being faster to update than client-side software downloads. In this case though, Chrome updates near-weekly, much faster than Hotmail did. Another illustration that velocity and speed of iteration matter,” he said in an online comment about the matter. Continue reading