Sunday, 21 August 2016

Google to pull uphold for Chrome apps for Linux, Mac and Windows

Google has decided to pull out support for its Chrome browser packaged apps for Linux, Mac and Windows over the next two years. For those who do not know what Chrome apps are, they include – Google Drive, Google Store, Calendar, Google news, Google Docs, Sheets, and more.

Most of these apps are already hosted as regular web apps.
There are a lot of apps on the Chrome Web Store, which can be downloaded and launched through your Chrome browser and they open in a separate window – just like if a programme was installed on the computer.
“Today, approximately 1% of users on Windows, Mac and Linux actively use Chrome packaged apps. All types of Chrome apps will remain supported and maintained on Chrome OS for the foreseeable future. Additional enhancements to the Chrome apps platform will apply only to Chrome OS devices, including kiosks. Developers can continue to build Chrome apps (or Android apps) for Chrome OS,” said Rahul Roy-Chowdhury, VP Product Management at Google Chrome, in a blog post.
According to the post, new Chrome apps will only be available to users on Chrome OS starting late 2016. The Chrome apps that have been developed until that date will remain accessible to users across all platforms, with developers having continued access to update them.
“In the second half of 2017, the Chrome Web Store will no longer show Chrome apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux, but will continue to surface extensions and themes. In early 2018, users on these platforms will no longer be able to load Chrome apps,” Chowdhury added in the post.
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