Chrome OS started with just a single Chrome window. There was no desktop, no wallpapers or anything that looked familiar from the PC and Mac worlds.
Then they started adding those little UI elements that made users feel more comfortable. Wallpapers came in, minimizing and maximizing Windows and taskbar came into Chrome OS.
It is a trend that we can track, and the latest change in this track is moving the Settings page to an independent window so that user’s won’t feel strange handling their Computers’ settings from a browser tab.
I would assume that it is still the same page, and this move is just to make users feel at home. François Beaufort writes:
Because Chrome OS users find it confusing that the settings are managed through a browser tab, the chromium team has created a simple wrapper around the Settings page in a stand-alone Chrome window.
To give it a try and see if you prefer this way, enable the experimental chrome://flags/#enable-settings-window flag right now in Dev channel.
It is available only on the developer channel for now, and that too behind a flag. Is that because they want to experiment more, change how the whole thing looks, may be?
Now, a question to you guys (The reason I put up a post announcing this small change is because I wanted to ask you all this question)
Do you think Google should continue making Chrome OS look similar to traditional operating systems?