Chrome Apps Phasing Out Win/Mac Support

posted Sep 16, 2016, 12:00 PM by Amanda Hudeck

Google launched Chrome apps three years ago to bridge a gap in web functionality (the same experience as the app launcher on Chromebooks, but for other platforms). Since then, the functionality of an increasing number of these apps is now available on the web, making the Chrome Apps unnecessary.


Google will be removing support for these apps from Chrome on Windows, Mac, and Linux over the next two years. All types of Chrome apps will remain supported and maintained on Chrome OS. Additional enhancements to the Chrome apps platform will apply only to Chrome OS devices, including kiosks. Developers can continue to build Chrome apps (or Android apps) for Chrome OS.


Starting in late 2016, newly-published Chrome apps will only be available to users on Chrome OS. Existing Chrome apps will remain accessible on all platforms, and developers can continue to update them. In the second half of 2017, the Chrome Web Store will no longer show Chrome apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux, but will continue to surface extensions and themes. In early 2018, users on these platforms will no longer be able to load Chrome apps.


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