This feature that only Chrome has, is the only reason I do not change my browser


Secretos de Chrome 🙂

Google Chrome has completely taken over the throne to the most used browser worldwide, though not precisely for lack of competition or worthwhile alternatives. Firefox is experiencing one of its best stages, finally with the arrival of multiprocess. Opera is becoming more interesting and presents more unique features, such as integrated messaging services.

And, they are not the only ones. New alternatives like Vivaldi demonstrate that there is still much to innovate in the field of browsers. And yet, many of us, knowing this we stay in Chrome despite its inordinate consumption of resources that Google continues to promise to solve, but we get old waiting for it to happen.

One of the best Chrome features few people take advantage of

Personally, the only reason I’m currently using Chrome as my primary browser is for one thing: adding web applications and pages to the desktop and opening them as separate windows. This way you can add any webapp to the desktop or to the taskbar as if they were individual apps.

These windows have their own icon that you can change by the one that you like best. You can run the apps in their own window, without address bar, buttons, extensions, or bookmarks.

It is especially useful not to clutter Chrome tabs and have to wade through all the pile we open to find the ones we need to keep open all the time.

You can do this with any Chrome application that appears in chrome: // apps /. You can do it with any webapp that you have open in that moment in a tab, or you can do it with any web page. You could create your own “Genbeta webapp” if you wanted to. Add it to the Windows desktop or superbar, and if you use Linux, you can anchor it in your dock.

This feature unfortunately does not exist in any of the other modern web browsers like Firefox, Opera, Safari, Edge, or even Vivaldi, although several are based on Chrome.

If we consider that some hidden “native” applications such as Slack or Spotify are full instances of Chromium thanks to the extended use of Electron, it is even stupid to install these types of apps if you already use Chrome and you will have the same high consumption of Resources in your system.

In addition to this, with the domain of web technologies, less and less services are dedicated to creating native applications for all systems, and we have to resort to webapps always.

In my case it happens to me with Asana, Trello and Tweetdeck, to mention the most important ones. With this feature of Chrome I believe the “illusion” that I have independent apps, and not only that, I can manage their windows separately, outside the disaster of tabs that I must open daily.