Google’s new browser, Chrome, was released in beta yesterday. Google doesn’t consider it a browser, really, but that’s the most approachable label for the moment. I’m still trying to fully digest the implications, but the “Create application shortcuts…” that puts icons on your desktop, toolbar and Start menu seems like the most significant development. These links launch the relevent Google apps (Mail, Docs, Calendar) into self-contained windows, with no browser “chrome”. The combination of accelerated JavaScript and Google Gears for offline use points directly to a new development platform that replaces both Windows and Mac OS. Seems perfect for low cost, low power “netbooks” like the Eee PC.