Google shuts chrome apps section for Mac and Windows users

Google shuts chrome apps section for Mac and Windows users

The removal of apps from the Chrome Web Store was actually first announced by Google back in August 2016.

Google, in a blog post from August a year ago, said that the apps project had failed, with just about 1 percent of the total users from Windows, Mac, and Linux actually installing and using them on the Chrome browser. However, Apps will still be available on Chrome OS-powered devices, like Chromebooks, and they're accessible via direct links to their Chrome Web Store pages. This extension enables you to install, view, and modify the Chrome Remote Desktop native client from the web UI.

Google is yet to make an official statement but it has removed the "Apps" section from Chrome and has started emailing developers about the same, leaving only the "extensions" and "themes" tab to choose from. In the post, Google said that "approximately 1 percent of users on Windows, Mac and Linux actively use Chrome packaged apps". Extensions are also installed through the Chrome Web Store and usually live next to the address bar as buttons.

The Chrome browser will continue to load packaged and hosted apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux beyond the previously announced deprecation timeline. Developers can continue to build Chrome apps (or Android apps) for Chrome OS. PWAs aren't exactly a "standard" but are a catch-all phrase for a combination of existing W3C standards like a Web app manifest for app icons and service workers for push notifications and background updates.

If it sounds complicated, you can check out the Google Support documentation which takes you through setting up and using Chrome Remote Desktop on your Windows, Mac or Linux PC or Chromebook. An example of a PWA is a website that can display webpages in fullscreen.

PWA is the acronym of Progressive Web Apps. PWAs already work on Samsung's own web browser on its Android smartphones and Android versions of Firefox and Opera.

Chrome Remote Desktop is of course Google's remote admin tool, allowing you to remotely access your, or someone else's computer, tablet or phone.

Google removes apps from Chrome web browser.