Chrome Web Store: Hot or Not?

The Chrome Web Store is a web applications store made for Google’s Chrome browser. It has an App Store like interface, and features all kinds of applications, from games to productivity to weather and travel. All of the apps are unique to Chrome, and while some are paid or use in app payments, most of the applications are free. The Chrome Web Store is clearly the first web applications store, but is it really that amazing?

The store itself opened for business back in December 2010, but I didn’t hear about it until I saw an ad for it about a month ago. The store is really nice: it has a clean look and feel, while still housing a great deal of apps. It does differ from the App Store, as all comments are posted, but anyone can mark your comment as spam. It also tells you what the app will be able to access (browsing history, bookmarks, etc). What’s great about it is that it seems as if all of the best applications on the store are free. One of the apps that caught my eye is Feedly, an app that makes your RSS/Google Reader Feeds look like a magazine right inside Chrome. Overall, the Chrome Web Store really has potential. It’s the first of its kind, and it’s already off to a good start. But I’m a little skeptical about the whole paid apps thing… would people really want to pay for a web game or application? Aside from this, I thought the Chrome Web Store was pretty cool, which means it’s most definitely hot!


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