Google kills Chrome Apps by shutting down the Chrome Web Store section


As explained in the report, there were two broad types of Chrome apps available to users. The company explained that it made a decision to shutter apps from the Chrome browser simply because not a lot of people were actually using them. Google has shut down the "app" section of the Chrome Web Store for those platforms, meaning you can't install Chrome Apps anymore. There's still no word on removing Chrome Apps from Chrome OS, though.

More than a year after the announcement, Google Chrome is finally pulling the plug on its "Apps" section from the Chrome Web Store on Mac, Windows, and Linux platforms.

For Chromebook users, or ChromeOS users chrome apps will continue to work there and you will get regular updates from the app developers.

"The Chrome browser will continue to load packaged and hosted apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux beyond the previously announced deprecation timeline".

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As spotted by Ron Amadeo over at Ars Technica, an email is being sent out to developers in which Google re-iterated what it said last August about Chrome Apps being scheduled to stop working on Windows, Mac & Linux in Q1 2018. Google hasn't announced anything yet for Chrome OS, but it's likely that Chrome apps might go away, too.

We already knew that Google had big plans for its Progressive Web Apps (PWAs). PWAs can work across multiple browsers even on mobile devices, and can deliver an app-like experience to desktop websites. People who use Chrome just for web surfing will be able to download extensions and themes. PWAs already work on Samsung's own web browser on its Android smartphones and Android versions of Firefox and Opera.

Support for Progessive Web Apps is becoming more available, with Microsoft building support for PWAs into Windows 10, and Apple is similarly building support for PWAs into Safari.

The web giant revealed in 2016 that it planned to phase out Chrome Apps in 2018.