Google is killing Chrome apps

after introducing special apps that run inside Chrome browser Google announced Friday that it will be removing them from Windows – Mac – Linux by early 2018.

Google introduced apps in 2013 as a way to offer new functions that weren’t available on the web. Chrome browser apps also gave developers a way to write one app that would run on Windows – Mac – Linux – Chrome OS.

apps come in two ways : Hosted Apps – Packaged Apps

this gives developers about a year and a half to figure out how to migrate their applications away from Chrome browser.

Google recommends quartet of alternatives: web apps – extensions – extension-enhanced web pages and native apps. For the last one – they suggest developers take advantage of technologies like Electron or NW.js to build applications that run on desktop operating systems.

reasoning behind Google’s decision is pretty clear: Over the past few years, web technologies have advanced to point where many of features of Chrome apps are available on websites. only about 1 percent of users on Windows – Mac – Linux use Chrome Packaged Apps.

shutdown will be gradual. Starting later this year, new Chrome apps will only be available on Chrome OS while existing apps will be available on all platforms. Then, in second half of 2017, Chrome Web Store will no longer show Chrome apps to users on affected platforms. Finally, Chrome apps will cease to function on Windows – Mac – Linux in early 2018.

Chrome apps across top desktop OSes may cause developers to lose interest in developing them for Chrome OS, too. But a few months ago, Google announced that Chrome OS computers will also be able to run Android apps.

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