Still don’t believe Google Chrome is a platform? This video will change your mind.

Why would it want that? The more users engaged in Google services, apps and the Chrome browser, the more data Google can gather for its lucrative advertising business. And it can do so even more on non-Google devices if the Chrome browser is installed.


Is Chrome your browser of choice? For many around the globe — 39.1 percent as of April, according to StatCounter — it is, which gives Google quite a computing mandate.

I’ve been watching Google’s(s goog) Chrome strategy unfold for some time now. Chrome isn’t just a browser for the company, it’s a strategy to take over the computing world right out from under Microsoft(s msft) and Apple’s(s aapl) noses. If you’re a bit leery about my bold thought, perhaps this 11 second video will convince you:

The video demo is courtesy of François Beaufort, a Googler who digs through the ever-changing Chromium code on which Chrome is based and shares his findings with the public. Dragging and dropping an application to the Windows taskbar might not impress you upon first glance, but consider what’s going on here.

The Chrome browser includes the Chrome App Launcher for easy access to web and native…

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