Google's Chrome OS is Morphing Into Windows 95

By Gary Cutlack on at

That image up there is the latest developer version of Google's Chrome OS, which now comes with the option of a boring old taskbar icon list, just like every version of Windows since before half of you lot were born.

Google has at least given it a fancy name, though. It calls the redesigned UI system the Aura window manager, which comes with this new lower "Shelf" icon tray, featuring standard Windows / OS X auto-hide options and letting you pin apps to it for easy access. Just like you're using a desktop OS.

In the unlikely event you're running Chrome on a Samsung Series 5 or Acer AC700 Chromebook, this new build's available for those using Google's developer channel preview releases. []