Google goes to allow you to use Chrome apps for a short time longer, as the corporate on Monday announced an extension to its deliberate timeline to finish help for the software program (via 9to5Google).
If you aren’t acquainted with Chrome apps, they’re apps that you simply install in Chrome that work equally to apps that you simply’d launch out of your desktop — like this one for read-it-later app Pocket. But they aren’t broadly adopted — Google stated that “approximately 1 percent of users on Windows, Mac, and Linux actively use Chrome packaged apps” all the way in which again in August 2016 when it first introduced plans to wind down help for the platform.
In January, Google stated Chrome apps would cease engaged on Windows, Mac, and Linux this yr (technically, the corporate set a June 2020 deadline, but it surely doesn’t appear to be it really adopted via). Now, Google says Chrome apps will work on these platforms till June 2021. Organizations can prolong help for Chrome apps on these platforms for an additional yr, which means they’ll work via June 2022.
And should you’re a Chrome OS person, Google will now finish help for Chrome apps in June 2022 as an alternative of June of subsequent yr. But it doesn’t matter what platform you’re on, Google says help for Chrome apps will finish on all platforms by June 2022.
Chrome extensions will nonetheless work, although — and in reality, making an extension is likely one of the choices that Google recommends in its place for builders who now must transition away from Chrome apps however nonetheless need to provide related performance throughout the Chrome browser.