Google recently released plans to stop support for Chrome apps on every platform except for Chrome OS. From later this year the new Chrome apps will be available only to Chrome OS users and won’t be accessible on Windows, Mac, and Linux. When 2018 begins, Chrome apps will no longer be able to load on Windows, Mac, or Linux. The only things that will not be affected are extensions and themes.

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Should we be worried?

Google has assured users that this is not a big deal because only a very small percentage of users actually use the chrome apps. Of the two types of chrome apps; packaged apps and hosted apps only one percent of user on Windows, Mac, and Linux actively use Chrome packaged apps, and most hosted apps are already implemented as regular web apps.

Google’s Rationale

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Google’s reasoning for making the seemingly drastic decision is actually quite simple and to the point. The company no longer feels there is a real place or need for chrome apps given the advancements of the open web. Sounds reasonable to us. Google claims, “Developers who can’t fully move their apps to the web can help us prioritize new APIs to help fill the gaps left by Chrome apps.” However, their tone is a little different when it comes to Chrome OS, where Google believes they play a “critical role.”

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