Google to Shift Chrome Apps to Progressive Chrome Apps


Google said, that the apps already installed in Chrome shall no longer functional by early 2018.

In the wake of Google's decision to kill off Chrome Apps like Remote Desktop for Mac, Windows and Linux users, Google is about to launch a web portal for Chrome Remote Desktop. The company explained that it chose to shutter apps from the Chrome browser simply because not a lot of people were actually using them.

Starting today you will not be able to find apps section on your chrome browser for Windows, Mac and Linux. There's still no word on removing Chrome Apps from Chrome OS, though.

Google on Wednesday made good on its promise to rid of Chrome Apps.

The email confirms that Chrome Apps will not be found anymore for users on Windows, Mac, and Linux, because Google intends for Progressive Web Apps to replace Chrome Apps. "We have been investigating ways to simplify the transition for developers that depend on exclusive Chrome App APIs, and will continue to focus on this - in particular the Sockets, HID and Serial APIs".

Chrome Remote Desktop is of course Google's remote admin tool, allowing you to remotely access your, or someone else's computer, tablet or phone.

The company explained its intention to do away with apps a year ago, and as we noted back in August when it officially announced its plans, only about 1 percent of Windows, macOS and Linux users actually used Apps, so they've gotta go.

Chrome for Android has already supported PWAs, and they aim to make the web feel like a native app.

Progressive Web Apps are not Chrome-specific. When Google's done working on PWAs on Android, the company could move forward by bringing it to other versions of the Chrome web browser.

According to Ars Technica, Google is directing developers towards a different way for desktop: Progressive Web Apps (PWA).

Google wants to throw yet another app type into the mix, though.