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Google Debuts Chrome OS Web Store for Apps

We don't know an awful lot about Chrome OS, or even when the super lightweight operating system will launch. Yesterday, Google announced the Chrome OS Web store. Sundar Pichai, one of the architects of Chrome OS, revealed the Web store as a way to rate and review web applications for the desktop market. Presumably, the store will also act as a one-stop shop for users looking to get free and paid applications for Chrome OS.

The Chrome Web Store is accessed through a 'new tab' feature in Chrome. Clicking on the button will open a new tab a list of several popular Web applications, such as Wave, Picasa, Google News, Google Maps and some non-Google apps like Sports Illustrated, TweetDeck, and Plants vs. Zombies. Along with all these applications, there's also a 'Web store' icon. Clicking on this will take you to the Web store where you can buy all kinds of Web applications, and check reviews.

Google demonstrated some of the games available, like Lego Star Wars, which uses Native Client to run directly in the browser and a Web-based version of PopCap's Plants vs. Zombies. Pichai also demoed the Sports Illustrated interactive magazine, which boasts a host of nifty features like embedded video and a full search.

No word on a launch date other than 'soon' but you can sure this will be available before the first Chrome OS devices hit shelves. If Google is going to try and convince the netbook crowd that all they need is the cloud and an internet connection, this Web store will be an important part of its arsenal.

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