Google have released an Application Launcher for Windows users that allows offline apps to run inside their Chrome browser. It is started by clicking on the small hatch icon at the bottom of the screen and the popup box shows the first page of applications. Although not many apps at the moment it is expected to be a large part of Googles strategy to eliminate the need for the standard Windows desktop and eventually make the underlying operating system redundant, as most general purpose computing requirements can be met in this way. Mac and Linux versions are nearly ready for release. Firefox is doing something very similar but has not been released to the public yet.