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Google is discontinuing Chrome apps on all platforms

Google has announced the final end for Chrome apps. In the next two and a half years, the applications introduced in 2013 for Windows, macOS and Linux, which can also be used offline, will disappear.

In 2016, Google had targeted an end to support by the beginning of 2018. However, the date has been postponed indefinitely. Meanwhile, developers encouraged the company to move their apps to the Internet and also to use Progressive Web Apps (PWA).

The new schedule stipulates that new Chrome apps can only be submitted for the Chrome Web Store until March 2020. Existing apps can be updated until June 2022.

At that time, Google will also pull the plug on the Chrome apps under Chrome OS for customers with Chrome Enterprise and Chrome Education Upgrade. Support for Windows, macOS and Linux will end in June 2020. Customers with Chrome Enterprise and Chrome Education Upgrade can use their Chrome apps on Windows, macOS and Linux until the end of 2020.

Another change affects the Chrome browser. As of June 2021, it will no longer support the NaCL, PNaCL and PPAPI programming interfaces. Extensions for Chrome are not affected by the announcements. They can now also be installed for the new Chromium-based version of the Microsoft Edge browser.

"Google will continue to support and invest in Chrome extensions on all existing platforms," ​​said Anthony Laforge, technical director of the Chrome Platform Team. A healthy ecosystem with extensions is crucial for the further development of Chrome and Google is sticking to a platform with which users can customize their browsing experience.

In December, Chromium developers presented their vision for an Internet of the future. In her opinion, applications "shouldn't need large downloads or updates". The aim is to eliminate the question of whether an app supports a certain operating system or not.