Google Removes Chrome Apps From Web Store, Shifting To Progressive Web Apps

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As Chrome apps reach their end of life, one of Google's most useful tools is seemingly in jeopardy. The company explained that it chose to shutter apps from the Chrome browser simply because not a lot of people were actually using them. The email confirms that Chrome Apps won't be found anymore for users on Windows, Mac, and Linux and that Google intends for Progressive Web Apps to replace Chrome Apps. Google also said that it would eliminate the complete functionality in the Q1 2018 probably after the launch of PWA. Both app categories will now be accessible only on Chrome OS and not the desktop.

The Chrome browser will continue to load packaged and hosted apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux beyond the previously announced deprecation timeline. Existing apps will continue to work and receive updates. "Packaged apps", which were the more powerful applications which were capable of running in the background and could access ports on the device. Google hasn't announced anything yet for Chrome OS, but it's likely that Chrome apps might go away, too.

Progressive Web Apps is a Google technology which lets developers create web applications which look and act just like proper desktop applications. The PWA would proffer few native-app-like features such a full-screen interface, an "installable" app icon, push notifications, and offline capabilities. The more powerful Chrome Apps were "packaged apps", which could run in the background and access hardware like USB ports. They already work on Chrome for Android, so once Google is done here, PWAs would be the only Chrome app type to work across desktop and mobile.

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Chrome Remote Desktop allows users to remotely access another computer through Chrome browser or a Chromebook.

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