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Google shuts chrome apps section for Mac and Windows users

Google shuts chrome apps section for Mac and Windows users

To allow your PC to be accessed, you'll need to install the Chrome Remote Desktop extension from the Chrome Web Store.

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

Back in August a year ago, Google announced that it would be shuttering down the apps section in the Chrome Web Store.

Google says it is "roughly targeting mid-2018" for PWA desktop apps. Google sees PWAs as the future, thanks to their superior offline capabilities, efficiency, and uniformity across platforms, but they're functionally similar to Chrome Apps, which are somewhat unintuitive by comparison.

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If you're wondering whether you'll miss out on much, don't worry: as Ars Technica noted, many Apps were essentially little more than bookmarks for webpages, with the added benefit of being able to access them from various parts of Chrome's interface.

"As we continue our efforts to simplify Chrome, we believe it's time to begin the evolution away from the Chrome apps platform". Google has started sending out emails to Chrome app developers telling them that Chrome Apps are deprecated, and while previously installed apps still work, the functionality will be stripped out of Chrome in Q1 2018. Extensions are also installed through the Chrome Web Store and usually live next to the address bar as buttons. Developers can continue to build Chrome apps (or Android apps) for Chrome OS.

Chrome for Android has already supported PWAs, and they aim to make the web feel like a native app. PWAs already work on Samsung's own web browser on its Android smartphones and Android versions of Firefox and Opera.

This is the companion extension for the Chrome Remote Desktop website (https://remotedesktop.google.com). In a message Google recently sent to developers (via Android Police), Google said that it was now working to bring Progressive Web Apps to desktop and that it was targetting a launch date of mid-2018.


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