Chrome apps have been on the go lane since Google revealed its intentions to quit supporting the app in 2016. From then, it’s four years now, the company has completed its timeline for sending them away across Windows, Mac Linux and Chrome OS.
There are a few issues you need to keep in mind. From March this year, the Chrome Web Store will stop accepting new apps, although developers can keep updating their existing apps until June 2022, when they’ll stop working completely. For now, Google will stop supporting the apps on Windows, Mac and Linux, in June, and it’ll do the same on Chrome OS in June 2021.
Those who use Chrome Enterprise and Chrome Education Upgrade may have the privilege of using the apps a little bit longer. Because on Windows, Mac and Linux, they’ll work until the end of the year, so Chrome OS users can do an extra year with them.
Considering the current nature of browsers, Chrome platform team technical director Anthony Laforge said the web is “in a good position to answer the vast majority of use cases.” That is to say, you will be able to do everything you have done on Chrome on the web.
Currently, Google has launched a hub to assist developers to move from Chrome apps and maybe redirect their attention to web apps or optimizing Android apps for Chrome OS. Developers might also work on Chrome extensions, which will still be getting Google’s support and investment across current platforms.