Google today shared an updated timeline on when the Chrome apps will stop working on all platforms. The Chrome Apps will be gone for good by June 2022, but it depends on your platform. We did know that Chrome Apps will someday stop working on Windows, macOS, and Linux but the software giant today revealed that it will eventually stop working on Chrome OS too.
The company first announced back in 2016 that it was doing away with the Chrome apps. The apps we’re supposed to stop working on Windows, macOS and Linux in 2018, but it changed its mind after the removal of the Chrome Apps section in the Chrome Web store and pushed the deadline to an unspecified date in the future.
Finally, Google has announced the end of support dates for not only Chrome OS, but of all platforms. A Chrome App is a web-based app that can be installed in Chrome and looks and functions like an app launched from a desktop.
However, the news of the death of Chrome apps shouldn’t affect you much. Most of the apps here are websites cached into your device for some offline functionality. Some already installed Chrome apps may redirect to websites while the Chrome extensions will keep working fine. There is a pretty decent chance of you not using Chrome apps at all.
After March 2020, Chrome will no longer accept new Chrome apps. Though Developers have the option to update their existing apps until June 2022, most of them have moved on after the previous announcements. A year later in June 2021, Chrome OS support for Chrome apps will be terminated along with key APIs like NaCl, PNaCl, and PPAPI APIs. Some elected customers will be able to extend support until June 2022 after which Chrome Apps will stop working completely.
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