Google to discontinue Chrome apps on Windows, Mac and Linux

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Google has recently announced the discontinuation of Chrome apps on Windows, Mac and Linux.

After launching Chrome Apps three years back Google has been working with the web standards community to implement new APIs, such as service worker and web push to build robust Progressive Web Apps that work across multiple browsers.

To simplify Chrome, Google has taken the decision to discontinue the Chrome Apps platform. There are two types of Chrome apps, packaged apps and hosted apps. Approximately 1% of Windows, Mac and Linux users around the world use Chrome packaged apps, while most hosted apps are already implemented as regular web apps.

Starting late 2016, new Chrome apps will only be available to download for Chrome OS users. In the second half of 2017 Chrome apps will no longer be available for Windows, Mac and Linux users, while in early 2018 Chrome apps support for these 3 operating systems will be discontinued.

Google is encouraging developers to migrate their apps to the web. Developers who can’t fully move their apps to the web can help prioritise new APIs to fill the gap left by Chrome apps. In the short-term developers can consider using a Chrome extension or platforms such as Electron or NW.js.
Source: Chromium Blog

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