Google kills Chrome Apps by shutting down the Chrome Web Store section

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Chrome for business isolates websites for added security

Google said, that the apps already installed in Chrome shall no longer functional by early 2018.

More than a year ago, Google announced that Chrome Apps would be removed from Windows, Mac, and Linux versions of Chrome (but not Chrome OS) some time in 2017, and it seems we've come to that point today.

Google on Wednesday made good on its promise to rid of Chrome Apps. With the shutdown of Chrome Apps, Google is working to bring Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) to the desktop.

The Chrome Web Store is still showing Chrome Apps for Chrome OS users at this time, but Windows, Mac and Linux users are not seeing any apps or games - though it's understood you can still link directly to the apps themselves for now. Timelines are still rough, but this will be a number of months later than the originally planned deprecation timeline of "early 2018". According to the company's blog post, it was the initial step in the process to shut down the Chrome Apps section as nobody wants to download apps through their browsers [Chrome] anymore.

Still, it's a move that makes a lot of sense.

"We also recognize that Desktop PWAs will not replace all Chrome App capabilities", Google told developers (via ArsTechnica). For more information on PWAs, you can visit the dedicated Google developers page here. 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.