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  1. Google is delaying the shutdown of Chrome apps, but you probably weren’t using them anyway The company extended its shutdown timeline for Chrome apps Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google is going to let you use Chrome apps for a little while longer, as the company on Monday announced an extension to its planned timeline to end support for the software (via 9to5Google). If you aren’t familiar with Chrome apps, they’re apps that you install in Chrome that work similarly to apps that you’d launch from your desktop — like this one for read-it-later app Pocket. But they aren’t widely adopted — Google said that “approximately 1 percent of users on Windows, Mac, and Linux actively use Chrome packaged apps” all the way back in August 2016 when it first announced plans to wind down support for the platform. In January, Google said Chrome apps would stop working on Windows, Mac, and Linux this year (technically, the company set a June 2020 deadline, but it doesn’t look like it actually followed through). Now, Google says Chrome apps will work on those platforms until June 2021. Organizations can extend support for Chrome apps on those platforms for an extra year, meaning they’ll work through June 2022. And if you’re a Chrome OS user, Google will now end support for Chrome apps in June 2022 instead of June of next year. But no matter what platform you’re on, Google says support for Chrome apps will end on all platforms by June 2022. Chrome extensions will still work, though — and in fact, making an extension is one of the options that Google recommends as an alternative for developers who now need to transition away from Chrome apps but still want to offer similar functionality within the Chrome browser. Google is delaying the shutdown of Chrome apps, but you probably weren’t using them anyway
  2. Google to end support for Chrome apps for Windows, Mac, and Linux this year to push ahead with web apps. Chrome apps that work offline for Windows, Mac, and Linux have been around since 2013, but Google has now committed firm dates for switching off support for them. Google has announced that it will wind down support for Chrome apps over the next two and a half years. The company in 2016 targeted early 2018 to end support for Chrome apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux, but then pushed back the date indefinitely while still encouraging developers to move the apps to the web in the form of progressive web apps, or PWAs. Google now says from March 2020, the Chrome Web Store will no longer accept new Chrome apps although developers will be able to update existing apps until the end of June 2022, which is when it will pull the plug on Chrome apps for Chrome OS for customers with Chrome Enterprise and Chrome Education Upgrade. In June 2020, Google will end support for Chrome apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux. However, customers with Chrome Enterprise and Chrome Education Upgrade will be able to continue supporting the apps until the end of 2020. Come June 2021, Chrome will no longer support the NaCl, PNaCl, and PPAPI application programming interfaces. The death of Chrome apps does not impact support for Chrome extensions, which can also now be installed on Microsoft's new Chromium-based 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. "Fostering a robust ecosystem of extensions is critical to Chrome's mission and we are committed to providing a useful extension platform for customizing the browsing experience for all users." Laforge reckons the state of "modern browsers puts the web in a good position to answer the vast majority of use cases". Google Chromium developers in December outlined the vision for the web was that "applications shouldn't require heavyweight downloads or updates", effectively eliminating the question of whether an app supports a particular operating system. Source
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