Google shuts Chrome apps for Mac and Windows

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Chrome Apps are dead, as Google shuts down the Chrome Web Store section

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.

The blog post reads: "Chrome Apps will be removed from Chrome Web Store search & browse functions in mid-December 2017". Chrome will not fully remove support for Chrome Apps on Windows, Mac or Linux until after Desktop PWA installability becomes available in 2018. For more information on PWAs, you can visit the dedicated Google developers page here. There are two types of Chrome apps: "packaged apps and hosted apps", Google explained in a blog post from a year ago.

Google, in a blog post from August past year, said that the apps project had failed, with just about 1 percent of the total users from Windows, Mac, and Linux actually installing and using them on the Chrome browser. There's still no word on removing Chrome Apps from Chrome OS, though. Some packaged apps were able to take advantage of USB-connected hardware, but if Google's figures are right, it seems like not many people cared for them. Google has started sending out emails to Chrome app developers telling them that Chrome Apps are deprecated, and while previously installed apps still work, the functionality will be stripped out of Chrome in Q1 2018. However, the Chrome OS users will still have access to the apps installed by the Store for the foreseeable future.

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This is the companion extension for the Chrome Remote Desktop website (https://remotedesktop.google.com).

Google had big plans for its progressive Web Apps. When Google's done working on PWAs on Android, the company could move forward by bringing it to other versions of the Chrome web browser.

"We also recognize that Desktop PWAs will not replace all Chrome App capabilities", Google told developers (via ArsTechnica).

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