Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Google shuts Chrome apps for Mac and Windows

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Velma Reese | 07 December, 2017, 12:07

The removal of apps from the Chrome Web Store was actually first announced by Google back in August 2016. "There are two types of Chrome apps: packaged apps and hosted apps", Google explained in a blog post from past year.

More than a year ago, Google announced that Chrome Apps would be removed from Windows, Mac, and Linux versions of Chrome (but not Chrome OS) some time in 2017, and it seems we've come to that point today.

In order to enable a more seamless transition from Chrome Apps to the web, Chrome will not fully remove support for Chrome Apps on Windows, Mac or Linux until after Desktop PWA installability becomes available in 2018.

Google on Wednesday made good on its promise to rid of Chrome Apps.

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Google said, that the apps already installed in Chrome shall no longer functional by early 2018. "Another update will be posted here when a new date for the Chrome Apps EOL on Windows, Mac, and Linux has been finalized". With the shutdown of Chrome Apps, Google is working to bring Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) to the desktop. By early 2018, Chrome apps will be rendered unusable and instead be replaced by recently-launched Progressive Web Apps (PWA) that rolled out on Android in February this year. However, Apps will still be available on Chrome OS-powered devices, like Chromebooks, and they're accessible via direct links to their Chrome Web Store pages.

Chrome Remote Desktop is of course Google's remote admin tool, allowing you to remotely access your, or someone else's computer, tablet or phone.

Progressive Web Apps are not Chrome-specific.

Google wants to throw yet another app type into the mix, though. However, the Chrome OS users will still have access to the apps installed by the Store for the foreseeable future. PWAs got a big boost to move beyond Android when Microsoft announced it was bringing PWAs to Windows 10, and even Apple has slowly started work on adding PWA support to Safari.

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