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Shopping the Chrome Web Store: name brands, knock-offs and no-shows

Melissa Riofrio | April 16, 2013
When I set out to shop the Chrome Web Store, I wasn't just browsing for fun. The The Chromebook Pixel's many charms had lured me toward Google's Web-centric Chrome OS, but I needed to know whether it offered an ecosystem I could live with long-term--especially since I'd be leaving behind all the Windows applications I've used for years. The Chromebook's popularity has only increased over the past year, so I couldn't be the only Windows user with a wandering eye.

For the Chrome Web Store to avoid that fate, it's going to have to feel safer and better organized and curated. Branded apps should get some advantage over third-party wannabes to increase the perception of quality. And when those packaged apps come along, give me a call.


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