Google Shuts Down Chrome Apps From Web Store, Moves to PWAs

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Back in August 2016, Google had announced that it would remove apps section from Chrome Web Store across Windows, Mac and Linux platforms citing the reason that less than 1 percent of users were using them on the Chrome browser. Well, nearly a year-and-half later Google has completed the job and now, Chrome browser will not be able to access or install any apps from the store. The Web Store will only have Extensions and Themes available for download starting Wednesday.

By early 2018, Chrome apps that are already installed on the Google’s browser will no longer work. Chrome OS users, however, will still be able to access them for the foreseeable future. People who use Chrome just for web surfing will be able to download extensions and themes.

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The blog post reads: “Chrome Apps will be removed from Chrome Web Store search & browse functions in mid-December 2017. Existing apps will continue to work and receive updates.

The Chrome browser will continue to load packaged and hosted apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux beyond the previously announced deprecation timeline. Another update will be posted here when a new date for the Chrome Apps EOL on Windows, Mac, and Linux has been finalized.”

To replace the apps Google is working with developers to create Progressive Web Apps (PWA). These PWAs, that launched earlier this year on Android, will effectively blur the line between websites and installed software. Google expects that PWAs will be available on desktops come mid-2018.

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