Google removes Chrome Apps from Web Store, pushes to PWAs

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

As explained in the report, there were two broad types of Chrome apps available to users.

In the wake of Google's decision to kill off Chrome Apps like Remote Desktop for Mac, Windows and Linux users, Google is about to launch a web portal for Chrome Remote Desktop. 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.

Google on Wednesday made good on its promise to rid of Chrome Apps. This extension enables you to install, view, and modify the Chrome Remote Desktop native client from the web UI. 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. Google expects that PWAs will be available on desktops come mid-2018. There's still no word on removing Chrome Apps from Chrome OS, though.

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To allow your PC to be accessed, you'll need to install the Chrome Remote Desktop extension from the Chrome Web Store. An example of a PWA is a website that can display webpages in fullscreen. Add to that, most of the hosted apps were, in fact, already implemented as regular Web apps.

Another great thing about Progressive Web Apps is that it's not exclusive to Google's Chrome web browser because it uses all existing W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) standards. Because of this, other companies are jumping on the PWA bandwagon: it works on Samsung Android phones in the Samsung browser, Firefox on Android, and Opera on Android.

According to Ars Technica, Google is directing developers towards a different way for desktop: Progressive Web Apps (PWA).

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