GOOGLE HAS CONTINUED to wield the axe with the announcement that it plans to dump Chrome apps for Linux, OS X and Windows.
Google's Chrome Apps were introduced in 2013, giving developers a way to write one app that would run across Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome OS.
The Apps are available in two formats: packaged and hosted. Only around one per cent of people, across all platforms, use Chrome packaged apps, according to Google, while most of the hosted apps from Chrome are already implemented as web apps.
The axing of Chrome Apps for Linux, OS X and Windows will be a gradual move, however, and the firm will give developers around 18 months to migrate apps or build new versions.
"On Windows, Mac and Linux, we encourage developers to migrate their Chrome apps to the web. Developers who can’t fully move their apps to the web can help us prioritise new APIs to fill the gaps left by Chrome apps," Google said in a blog post.
"In the short term, they can also consider using a Chrome extension or platforms such as Electron or NW.js."
Chrome apps on Windows, Mac and Linux will not be available in the Chrome Web Store from the second half of 2017, although the Store will have extensions and themes. Finally, in early 2018, it will not be possible to load Chrome apps.
While the apps are getting the chop, Google said that it will continue to deliver extensions and themes for the three operating systems.
However, this isn't the nail in the coffin for Chrome apps, as they will still exist on Google's own Chrome operating system.
"All types of Chrome apps will remain supported and maintained on Chrome OS for the foreseeable future. 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," Google said.
Google has been on something of a killing spree lately. The firm announced plans in June to get rid of the Swiffy conversion tool, and revealed earlier this month that it will effectively kill Flash in Chrome from September. µ
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