There are a lot of users of Google's Chrome web browser for Windows, although just how many is not clear. StatCounter claims that Chrome is the world's most popular web browser but Net Applications says that the current version of Chrome is still second behind Microsoft's IE8.
Today, Google quietly released a new application for Chrome users that should make it faster to access Google's services and other apps. It's the Chrome App Launcher, and its now available to download from the Chrome Webstore for Windows 7 and 8. The launcher was previously available for users of Chromebooks via Chrome OS; the Windows version has also been available as a developer preview but now everyone can download it.
Once installed, the launcher shows up on the desktop of Windows 7 and 8 as an icon, and it can also be accessed via the taskbar and start page. Bringing up the launcher shows icons that let users quickly access Chrome, Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive, the Chrome Store and more; there's also a search bar on top of the launcher.
Google is apparently working on versions of the Chrome App Launcher for OS X and Linux but so far there's no indication on when they will be available.