Google will end support for Chrome Web Store apps starting this year

Alonzo Simpson
January 16, 2020

After that, Chrome OS will stop supporting the apps in June 2021.

Most Chrome OS users can expect to lose support by the middle of next year, but anyone with Chrome Enterprise and Chrome Education Upgrade has until the middle of 2022. The company plans to continue support and invest in Chrome Extensions on all existing platforms.

Over the next two years, Google will phase out third-party cookies to meet the demands of users urging for greater privacy and transparency. The company planned on completely removing Chrome Apps support on Windows, Mac, and Linux by Q1 2018.

A Chrome application is an online application that you can mount in Chrome that looks and also works sort of like an application you would certainly introduce from your desktop computer.

However, now, the company appears ready to finish the incomplete task, which it says will see Chrome apps depart not only from Windows, Linux, and macOS but Chrome OS too.

Applications designed for Google's Chrome OS are a special case, since at one time Chrome Apps were the only way to install applications.

First, the Chrome Web Store will stop accepting new apps in March 2020.

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Chrome is the most widely used desktop browser in the USA and the second-most widely used mobile browser in the us behind Safari.

The changes pertaining to Chrome apps won't impact support for Chrome extensions. "Fostering a robust ecosystem of extensions is critical to Chrome's mission and we are committed to providing a useful extension platform for customising the browsing experience for all users", said Anthony Laforge, Technical Director, Chrome Platform Team, in the blog post. Existing apps will remain available until June 2022, but from June this year, the Chrome App function will no longer be supported for Mac, Windows and Linux customers.

That schedule slipped, however, and the current proposal is that support for Chrome Apps on these platforms will end in June 2020 for most users, and in December 2020 for Chrome Enterprise and Chrome Education customers.

Overshadowed by Android apps and Chrome extensions, Chrome Apps never really caught on with developers.

This is also the end for Google Native Client (NaCl and PNaCl APIs), which lets you run compiled C and C++ code in the browser.

Google is planning to "render obsolete" a key tool advertisers use to track people around the web, increasing user privacy but also disrupting the marketers and publishers who rely on the search giant's ad products.

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