Google has been experimental with Chrome's new tab page for many months. The latest Dev Channel/Canary releases finally show this box with information about the new tab page: "Changes to the New Tab page".
- Get the Google Doodle and other features of Google.com on any new tab you open.
- Use the Chrome menu to get your recently closed tabs from any site you're on.
- Access your Apps by clicking on the Chrome App Launcher icon in your Windows Taskbar or the Apps icon in the bookmarks bar.
To try the experimental new tab page, paste this in Chrome's address bar: chrome://flags/, use Ctrl+F to search for "Enable Instant Extended API" and click "Enabled" in the drop-down below "Enable Instant Extended API". Then click "Relaunch now" at the bottom of the page to restart Chrome.