You’re probably no stranger to extensions in Google Chrome. They greatly enhance productivity and convenience when using the web.
If you didn’t already know, the Chrome Web Store is where you can browse extensions, plus their descriptions and reviews. It got the job done, but oof… it wasn’t pretty. Pages of aimless scrolling to find that mythical extension.
Well… Chrome finally got the refresh we didn’t know we needed: a fresh new design and exciting new features.
This revamped Web Store now makes it easier than ever to find new and popular extensions.
For starters, there is now a new ‘categories‘ menu on the top of the page to help you quickly narrow down what you’re looking for. Whether you’re seeking productivity tools or maybe some extensions to help with shopping.. there’s a category for you.
There’s also… wait for it…. a dedicated section for AI-powered extensions.
These AI-powered extensions are not to be underestimated. Instead of aimlessly installing some random AI-powered extension that is assured to disappoint, you now see which ones are more popular than others. And when you find the right one, it’s like having a virtual assistant ready to help answer questions and assist with various tasks.
Google also has a special section for “suggested extensions.” This offers suggestions based on the Chrome extensions you’ve previously installed.
The ‘Editors Spotlight‘ section helps you find some of the new productivity tools that you may have otherwise missed.
There’s even a ‘Themes’ tab, for those who like to change the look of Chrome.
Searching the Chrome Web Store has become easier, too. The search bar is now in the top-right corner of the screen. It has the ability to filter items or look at only featured items.
But… like in the great words of Uncle Ben, “with great power comes great responsibility.” Not all web extensions have your best interests in mind, especially when it comes to cybersecurity.
So here are a couple of tips when it comes to browser security (hint: share these with your staff):
- NEVER download extensions from third-party websites
- Regularly update Chrome and educate your team about the importance of strong passwords.
Of course, let us know if you need help finding even more productivity tools for your business. We know about most of the geeky stuff. 😉