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|Google Chrome OS Shelf|
This will no doubt be a welcome change to all six of the Chrome OS users out there. Previously, to open a new app, you had to click on the New Tab button and find the app you want.
This change is part of the new Aura interface--a hardware-accelerated window manager and design framework. The new window manager and app shelf are available to those running the developer version of Chrome OS. No word yet on when this will make it to the stable version.