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Chrome apps to be available on Chrome OS only as Windows, Linux and OS X support axed

Chrome browser apps are to be discontinued on Windows, Linux and OS X, with just Chrome OS left supporting the software platform. Google has said that the need for Chrome apps has been reduced, thanks to advances in web standards.

In announcing the discontinuation of Chrome apps, Google made it clear that they were introduced in order to make developments possible that could not be achieved on the web. Rahul Roy-Chowdhury, vice president of product management at Google, stated:

“For a while there were certain experiences the web couldn’t provide, such as working offline, sending notifications, and connecting to hardware. We launched Chrome apps three years ago to bridge this gap.”

Since Chrome apps were first introduced, new APIs have become available which have made it possible to integrate the kind of features into web-based projects that were previously the exclusive domain of apps. As a result, Google now claims there are better development options for achieving a lot of the functionality present in Chrome apps.

There is no need for avid Chrome apps users on Windows, Linux and OS X to immediately worry, though, as Roy-Chowdhury has said apps will be phased out “over the next two years”.