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September 22, 2020
Google Chrome apps deprecation timeline announced

Google Announced the End of Chrome Apps and Now, There’s a Timeline for Their Ultimate Demise

Google previously announced it would abandon Chrome apps in 2016, in favor of the web, and now, it’s released a deprecation timeline for the programs…

About four years ago Google revealed it would eventually bring support for its Chrome apps to an end. It also announced it would replace them in favor of the web. But, the company didn’t provide any dates as to when all this would happen.

Google Chrome Apps Deprecation Timeline Announced

In 2016, Google stated it would move on from Chrome apps and transition to the web. Then, in the latter part of 2017, said apps began disappearing from the Web Store. Now, the tech company is letting the public know when to expect the end of Chrome apps.

First launched in 2013, Chrome apps were designed with HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript in order to provide an “experience comparable to a native application.” Google said these would allow for a wider user base beyond just a single operating system.

Google now states the initiative has enjoyed much progress and that “modern browsers puts the Web in a good position to answer the vast majority of use cases.”

Along with it, comes a timeline for the deprecation of its Chrome apps. First up is March of this year, when the Chrome Web Store will cease accepting new applications. Thereafter, Chrome OS users will lose access in June of 2021, with the final shutdown scheduled for a year later.

Existing software will still be updated until June 2022. At that same time, Google will end support for Mac, Windows, and Linux. (However, enterprise and education customers will have support until the end of 2022.)

Meanwhile, Google will continue to support Extensions. The company writes:

“Google will continue to support and invest in Chrome Extensions on all existing platforms. 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.”

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