Google to kill Chrome apps for Windows, Mac and Linux

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Google has announced that it is phasing out Chrome apps for Chrome apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Introduced in 2013, Google will kill these Chrome apps in early 2018.

Google says approximately 1% of users on Windows, Mac and Linux actively use Chrome packaged apps, and most hosted apps are already implemented as regular web apps. All types of Chrome apps will remain supported and maintained on Chrome OS. Chrome extensions and themes will also remain intact.

Starting in late 2016, newly-published Chrome apps will only be available to users on Chrome OS. Existing Chrome apps will remain accessible on all platforms, and developers can continue to update them. In second half of 2017 the Chrome Web Store will no longer show Chrome apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Google says from early 2018, users on these platforms will no longer be able to load Chrome apps.

Earlier in May, Google announced that it Play Store and Android apps will come to Chromebooks.

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