Frickin finally. I griped about this this over a year ago, A glance around the Chrome Webstore when Google first launched the webstore, along with a lot of other people who complained apps were glorified icon links.
The issue once again come up with the reviews of the latest Chromebook / Chromebox. It doesn’t work yet reliably without connection. This move will alleviate this somewhat.
I still think Google should open Chrome OS for official download onto old netbooks / laptops. Get people used to operating this way, perhaps maybe even slow the flow of tablet use [to iPad]. They could even limit it to a specific tier of services and apps. I suspect the hardware partners are the reason this hasn’t happened. But they could look at this as getting people invested in this way of working and sell them a device later?