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Google to kill Chrome apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux

2016-08-22 03:17 by


Google has announced plans to gradually phase out support for Chrome apps on every platform except for Chrome OS. Chrome apps include Google Drive, Google Store, Calendar, Google news, Google Docs, Sheets, and more. Since 2013 they were available also for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Over the next year, Google says new Chrome apps will only be functional on Chrome OS devices, and in late 2017, the Chrome Web Store won't show Chrome apps for Windows, Mac, or Linux.

"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.

The decision comes as part of an effort to simplify the Chrome browser. While old features are removed, Google will continue to add new ones.

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