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I'm using both regular Chrome Dev and Chrome Canary. A few weeks ago, the menu icon in Canary got a nice little "a" attached to it.

Anybody know what this is?

Screenshot illustrating the strange "a"

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Comes only on Chrome dev, btw – Sathya Sep 8 '13 at 14:34

This opens the Ash Desktop (whatever that is).

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Thats the desktop environment chromebooks use. I do recall there's some sort of launcher for webapps in canary as well, so I guess you will be able to use ash on windows or linux in the future. – Journeyman Geek Aug 15 '13 at 3:27
How? It's just there within the regular icon to open the menu!? There's nothing else to click. – MegaHit Aug 16 '13 at 1:10
I don't think that's quite right, this isn't an option in the menu, it's a little "a" on the icon. There is nothing about Ash Desktop in the menu. Nor would that explain why they would put an a on it. – zeel Sep 8 '13 at 15:27
is there any way to get rid of it? Chrome is a big enough pig already without trying to emulate a whole OS in the browser. – Ron Smith May 5 '14 at 3:41

It provides chrome OS experience on Windows using Ash functionality. Though the Ash link is not available under menu in current latest canary builds, as mentioned on the second link.

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