Google shuts chrome apps section for Mac and Windows users

Google shuts chrome apps section for Mac and Windows users

Back in August 2016, Google had announced that it would remove apps section from Chrome Web Store across Windows, Mac and Linux platforms citing the reason that less than 1 percent of users were using them on the Chrome browser. The company explained that it chose to shutter apps from the Chrome browser simply because not a lot of people were actually using them. Chrome Remote Desktop has been a handy tool over the past few years and now, it's being brought to the web for easier access.

They'll be replaced by mid-2018 by the introduction of Progressive Web Apps for desktops. Chrome OS users, however, will still be able to access them for the foreseeable future. However, Chrome users who just browse the web will still be able to download and install extensions and themes. As on Chrome OS, the app will continue to work. "We will be removing support for packaged and hosted apps from Chrome on Windows, Mac, and Linux over the next two years". "Packaged apps", which were the more powerful applications which were capable of running in the background and could access ports on the device. This is the plug-in point for password managers, script and ad blockers, mail checkers, and even the occasional fully fledged app, like Google Hangouts for Chrome. Google is reportedly estimating a mid-2018 release for PWA on desktop. With the shutdown of Chrome Apps, Google is working to bring Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) to the desktop.

Hyundai, Kia, Genesis and Subaru clean up in IIHS 2018 safety ratings
Most cars on the top pick lists only qualified when they came with optional equipment, such as automatic emergency braking. Rather than design elements, Lund said headlights should be treated as safety features to help avoid a crash at night.

This move by the firm comes as it works on Progressive Web Apps or PWAs. These applications which are already being rolled out for Chrome on Android and will function more like full-fledged applications with push notification capabilities and an installable app icon.

With this new web portal, users will be required to login to remotedesktop.google.com and connect remote devices.

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