Developers who want to know what the Chrome Web Store will look like can now get a sneak peek. And a new developer preview Google’s made available even goes beyond a simple look-but-don’t-touch approach, allowing folks to get their hands a little dirty.
Michael Noth, a software engineer, explained on the Chromium Blog, “Developers can now start uploading apps and experiment with packaging them, installing them in Chrome (using the latest Chrome dev channel) and integrating our payments and user authentication infrastructure.”
Later, Noth added, “When the Chrome Web Store launches, it will replace the current gallery, featuring a completely new design for users to discover great apps, extensions and themes all in one place. Until then, only you can see the apps you upload – they will not be visible to other visitors of the gallery during this developer preview.”
So any embarrassing mistakes will remain private, and any great victories won’t give potential competitors an advantage. That’s a pretty useful approach.
Enjoy the preview and try to get comfortable with the Chrome Web Store before its official launch if you can.