Google provides a timeline to remove Chrome apps

Google today provided a schedule for when and how it will begin removing support for Chrome applications on all operating systems. The company had first announced in 2016 that it was removing Chrome applications.

Google says that the web as a platform has progressed substantially since the launch of Chrome Apps in 2013. The progress of modern browsers and the advent of Progressive Web Apps (PWA) means that the Web is “in a good position to respond to the great most use cases “that can be seen from the success of Figma and Google Earth.

In 2017, Google completely removed the Chrome app category from the web store. The company now says that as of March 2020, the Chrome Web Store will no longer accept new Chrome applications, although developers will be able to update their existing applications until June 2022.

In June 2020, Google will end support for Chrome applications on Windows, Mac and Linux. However, customers in Chrome Enterprise and Chrome Education Upgrade will have an option to extend support until 2020.

A year later, in June 2021, Google will end support for Chrome applications on Chrome OS along with key APIs such as NaCl, PNaCl and PPAPI. Selected customers will have the option to extend support until June 2022, after which Chrome Apps will stop working completely.

Google already has a Chrome application migration site for Chrome application developers with more details.

The timeline and ad above are only related to Chrome applications and do not affect Chrome extensions in any way.

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