Listed below are five free of charge productivity and business apps that caught our eye and are well worth investigating.
The Web Store introduces Chrome users to cloud working and, as such, most of the apps show the trend towards built-in intelligence that's common to many cloud applications. A notepad application offered in the Web Store is very unlikely to simply let you write memos, for example. It will probably integrate web searches or allow you to share your notes on Facebook and Twitter. Gathering data and interconnectivity is where the power of the cloud lies.
To visit the Web Store from within Chrome, click the link on the New Tab page and then click the Web Store icon under the Apps heading. If you don't see one, click here to go straight to the store. You'll need the latest version of Chrome, of course, because the Web Store has only just been added-in.
Needless to say, if you're lucky enough to have a CR-48 laptop, these apps will work fine for you too.
Describing itself as an app that supercharges contacts, Rainmaker is able to automagically pull information about people in your Gmail address book from the web, Twitter, Linked In, and Facebook. This information includes mugshots, addresses, phone numbers, and Internet details. Some of it is publically available data and some you have access to because you friended the individual on Facebook, for example.
The process of seeking-out information is referred to as "raining on", and each time it's used a raindrop is spent. You get 10 of these free of charge when you sign-up, so can dig the dirt on 10 contacts, but you can buy more via various monthly subscriptions for as little as $9 per month.
All the data sought-out by Rainmaker is automatically imported into Google Contacts, which can be accessed from within Gmail by clicking the Contacts link above the Chat box. Rainmaker works with Google Apps for Domains too.