Progressive Web Apps will Replace Google Chrome Apps in 2018

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Microsoft hopes to boost their Microsoft app store by ingesting the web apps automatically and has worked with Google to develop the technology. Users of Google Chrome on Mac, Linus and Windows PCs will no longer be able to download and install Chrome Apps from now on. It plans to ship the PWA functionality in mid-2018, and will allow users to install web apps to the desktop and launch them via icons and shortcuts. There are two types of Chrome apps: "packaged apps and hosted apps", Google explained in a blog post from a year ago. "Packaged apps", which were the more powerful applications which were capable of running in the background and could access ports on the device.

By early 2018, Chrome Apps already installed in Google's browser will no longer function. Provide remote assistance to Windows, Mac and Linux users, or access your Windows and Mac desktops at any time, all from the Chrome browser on virtually any device, including Chromebooks. This is the plug-in point for password managers, script and ad blockers, mail checkers, and even the occasional fully fledged app, like Google Hangouts for Chrome. As on Chrome OS, the app will continue to work.

We also recognize that Desktop PWAs will not replace all Chrome App capabilities.

Instead, Ars Technica points out, Google is pushing developers in a different direction for desktop: Progressive Web Apps (PWA). An example of a PWA is a website that can display webpages in fullscreen.


Chrome for Android has already supported PWAs, and they aim to make the web feel like a native app. "Another update will be posted here when a new date for the Chrome Apps EOL on Windows, Mac, and Linux has been finalized".

Google is now looking forward to bring the Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) to the desktop.

Chrome Remote Desktop allows users to remotely access another computer through Chrome browser or a Chromebook.

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