Back in 2011, Google introduced Desktop notifications for emails and chat messages, which enabled users to get notifications outside the browser window. Now Google have announced their latest Beta release which enables Chrome apps and extensions to show richer notifications with a revamped user interface.
Google says that the notifications are designed to be more visually appealing and engaging. The notification can display formatted text and images and lets users to directly act on the pop-up. For example, respond to that email right away. The rich notifications now can display full-bleed icons , headline and short message. Coming to direct action, users will be able to respond by a simple click of a button on the notification pop-up.
Just in case you were away from keyboard and missed a bunch of notifications, you can open up the notification center to see them all in one place. Users can view and clear all of their notifications in the center. Also, the notifications will now open even when the browser is not open.
Now you also have the option of disabling notifications from any source, in case you do not want to be disturbed.
The preview version of the Chrome Beta was made available for Windows users, starting from May 23. Google says the feature will be made available for Mac soon.
Windows users can download the latest Google Chrome Beta 28 version from here.