Google's Progressive Web Apps will replace Chrome Apps next year

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Google's Progressive Web Apps will replace Chrome Apps next year

Google followed through: Chrome browser users will no longer be able to access or install any apps from the Chrome Web Store.

The blog post reads: "Chrome Apps will be removed from Chrome Web Store search & browse functions in mid-December 2017".

In August 2016, Google had announced that the company would be shutting the apps section in the Chrome Web Store.

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. There are two types of Chrome apps: "packaged apps and hosted apps", Google explained in a blog post from a year ago.

Starting today you will not be able to find apps section on your chrome browser for Windows, Mac and Linux.

"As we continue our efforts to simplify Chrome, we believe it's time to begin the evolution away from the Chrome apps platform". Extensions are also installed through the Chrome Web Store and usually live next to the address bar as buttons. If only 1 percent of users used Chrome Apps when it was supported on the major desktop OSes, you've got to wonder how dead and abandoned the platform will be when it is only available on Chrome OS.

With the removal of Chrome apps, Google wants developers to start adopting Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) for Mac, Linux and Windows PCs. Some packaged apps were able to take advantage of USB-connected hardware, but if Google's figures are right, it seems like not many people cared for them. Other features of a PWA website include integrated push notifications and some offline capabilities, according to Ars Technica.

Chrome for Android has already supported PWAs, and they aim to make the web feel like a native app. The company has sent an email to developers, in which it was mentioned that Google was working to bring Progressive Web Apps to desktop and that it was planning to launch in the mid of 2018.

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