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Making Application Shortcuts for Chrome

Posted by Mike Brittain on September 09, 2008
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Google has a page listing some details for webmasters about their new web browser.  My favorite part is in regards to handling application shortcuts which I figured out from Gmail’s site.  It’s a simple addition of “application-name” and “application-url” meta tags, along with a meta description and link to an icon file, which you probably already have on your site.

Application shortcuts are probably my favorite feature of Chrome, and the reason why I think that it is an important browser.  These shortcuts will help users and businesses to change their mindset about software-as-a-service applications.  They make web applications look like real software.  We used to have a desktop icon for Eudora or Outlook Express.  Now we have one for Gmail.  In the future, I suspect we’ll see more people replacing their installations of Microsoft Office with a shortcut to Google Docs, Zoho, ThinkFree, or Live Workspace.

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