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Googles has begun to send email to Chrome application creators informing them that Chrome apps are outdated, and while previously deployed apps are still working, Chrome's removal of features will take place in the first quarter of 2018. Google said in its last year blogs that Chrome apps are being murdered because nobody is using them.
Meanwhile, in the mail, Google said that "about 1 per cent of Internet surfers under Windows, Mac and Linux use Chrome active packed apps. "Chrome Apps are available in two versions: "Wrapped Apps" and "Hosted Apps. "Posted apps were essentially glued together favorites, which makes little point on a true Desktop operating system, but gives Chrome operating system endusers a way to bind important websites to certain parts of the user interface.
Chrome apps were "packed apps" that ran in the backround and could connect to devices such as devices with built-in connectivity. They were both pure desktops functions, and now both will be pure chrome operating system functions. There are also Chrome enhancements that are still only intended for the desktop and do not lead anywhere. Enhancements are also available through the Chrome Web Store and usually reside next to the location bars as button.
It is the plug-in point for passwords manager, scripts and ad blocker, email checker and even for casual full-fledged "apps" like Google Hangouts for Chrome. But Google wants to add another kind of application to the mixture. By shutting down Chrome Apps, Google is working to get Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) to the Desktop.
Again, PWA' aims are to add a few app-like functions to web sites that give them a full-screen user experience, an attachable application tray button, pushed alerts and off-line functionality. They' re already working with Chrome for Android, so once Google is done here, the only Chrome application that works via desktops and mobiles would be the PWAs.
The Progressive Web Apps are not Chrome-specific. PWA' are not exactly a "standard", but a buzzword for a mix of current World Wide Web (W3C) application norms, such as a web application manifesto for application icon and help desk for pushing notification and batch updating. PWA's got a big shot in the arm to go beyond Android when Microsoft announces bringing PWA's to Windows 10, and even Apple has begun to add PWA Safari functionality.
Googles says that it "roughly targets mid-2018" for PWA apps on desktops. However, there is still no mention of deleting Chrome apps from ChromeOS. When only 1 per cent of Chrome apps were used by the user when it was natively installed on the main operating systems, you have to wonder how much death and abandonment the operating system will be if it is only available on Chrome operating system.
You can still download and use Chrome apps by directly linked to a Chrome application, so at the moment only the browse and browseable apps are disabled. However, all Chrome applications are now overwhelmingly enumerated as enhancements, even though they are applications.