Google removes Chrome Apps from desktop PCs

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Google Chrome's remote desktop tool is now available on the web in beta

As Google explained in its blog post a year ago, Chrome apps are being killed because no one uses them.

Google handed more security controls to G Suite admins in July, now it's bolstering its browser's defenses for business users too.

Recently, the Chrome apps were suspended on many platforms except for the Chrome OS.

Well, prior to that officially happening, Ars Technica reports that the Apps section of the Chrome Web Store has shut down. Once this functionality ships (roughly targeting mid-2018), users will be able to install web apps to the desktop and launch them via icons and shortcuts; similar to the way that Chrome Apps can be installed today. The more powerful Chrome Apps were "packaged apps", which could run in the background and access hardware like USB ports.


Chrome 63 also includes a policy mechanism through which administrators can disable browser extensions based on their required permissions.

With site isolation, Chrome can now render content for open websites in an individual process that is kept separate from other pages. Extensions are also installed through the Chrome Web Store and usually live next to the address bar as buttons.

Google will replace Chrome Apps with Progressive Web Apps, this feature allows for websites to appear as traditional apps but instead be easily accessible websites. They already work on Chrome for Android, so once Google is done here, PWAs would be the only Chrome app type to work across desktop and mobile. The old version is now available on the Chrome Web Store but might be pulled off once the Web app leaves beta. Microsoft hopes to boost their Microsoft app store by ingesting the web apps automatically and has worked with Google to develop the technology.

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