Google has declared that Chrome Apps support on Windows, Linux and Mac, which were first started in 2013, are going to end slowly over the upcoming two years and stops completely by the end of 2018.
Google stated in a blog post, “A few years ago, it felt like apps were the best way to offer features like connecting to hardware, offline use and much more to customers”. Now it feels like those same experiences can also be handled on the web:
As we continue our efforts to simplify Chrome, we believe it’s time to start the evolution away from the platform of this apps. There are two kinds of apps available for Chrome, namely, hosted apps and packaged apps. Today, nearly 1% of users on Windows, Linux and Mac are actively using Chrome packaged apps whereas most of the hosted apps already have been implemented as regular web apps. We will be cutting out the support for hosted apps and packaged apps from Chrome on Windows, Linux, and Mac over the next two years.
The shutdown will start late in 2016, as Google efforts to make new Chrome apps available just on its own Chrome OS. Then in the second half of 2017, the Chrome web store will not show any Chrome apps for the users of Windows by which extensions and themes will not at all be affected. At last, the ability to load Chrome Apps on Windows will stop by early 2018.