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When I first read that Google is getting rid of their Chrome app launcher, I was a little bummed, because I use the app launcher on a daily basis. Then as I read into it, I realized that I use the app launcher that’s positioned in the Chrome browser; I didn’t even know about the one located in the taskbar, which is probably the reason they’re getting rid of it.

The app launcher in the Chrome browser is staying, because Google has found that people actually use it, but the one in the taskbar will be phased out over the next several months. Unless you use Chrome OS, then it will be there indefinitely. Google will stop packaging it with the Chrome browser, and then in July they’ll remove it for those who have an older version of Chrome with the app launcher still intact.

I love Chrome and it’s my go-to browser by a pretty large margin, but it does take up a lot of memory and sometimes when I’m on older computers I actually have to shut it down to perform other tasks. I’m happy to see Google addressing the issue by continuing to cut the fat. Now, what other memory-hogging features do I not even know about?

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