Google Removes Chrome Apps From Web Store, Shifting To Progressive Web Apps

Google Formally Shuts Down ‘Apps’ Section on Chrome Web Store

In the wake of Google's decision to kill off Chrome Apps like Remote Desktop for Mac, Windows and Linux users, Google is about to launch a web portal for Chrome Remote Desktop. "Another update will be posted here when a new date for the Chrome Apps EOL on Windows, Mac, and Linux has been finalized". However, Chrome users who just browse the web will still be able to download and install extensions and themes. "Today, approximately 1% of users on Windows, Mac and Linux actively use Chrome packaged apps, and most hosted apps are already implemented as regular web apps". Which app did you use most on your chrome browser?

They'll be replaced by mid-2018 by the introduction of Progressive Web Apps for desktops. It'll be interesting to see if people care to adopt these once they're widely available. Additional enhancements to the Chrome apps platform will apply only to Chrome OS devices, including kiosks. Google sees PWAs as the future, thanks to their superior offline capabilities, efficiency, and uniformity across platforms, but they're functionally similar to Chrome Apps, which are somewhat unintuitive by comparison.

Google on Wednesday made good on its promise to rid of Chrome Apps. Existing apps will continue to work and receive updates. According to a report by Ars Technica, Chrome applications which are already installed by users will continue to function for the time being but will be phased out come Q1 2018. An example of a PWA is a website that can display webpages in fullscreen.

Walgreens Pumps $418 Million Into China's Top Pharmacy Chain
The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website . The pharmacy operator reported $1.31 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.21 by $0.10.

Progressive Web Apps are not Chrome-specific. PWAs got a big boost to move beyond Android when Microsoft announced it was bringing PWAs to Windows 10, and even Apple has slowly started work on adding PWA support to Safari.

Google's replacement for Chrome apps will come in the form of what it refers to as PWAs or progressive web apps.

Google wants to throw yet another app type into the mix, though.

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