Google: Tech giant is going to scrap Chrome apps for Mac, Windows, Linux

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The phase-out will be gradual, with apps published in late 2016 being available to only users with a Chrome OS machine.

Google has often said that its Chrome browser is all you need for desktop computing on any operating system.

However, in a recent blog post, Google said it will gradually be phasing out the browser’s apps for Windows, Mac and Linux machines.

Some of the apps range from photo-editing program Pixlr Touch Up to games like the now discontinued version of Angry Birds.

To use those apps, you just had to download them from the Chrome Web Store, launch them from the Chrome browser and they opened in a separate window, just as if they were installed on the hard drive of your computer.

You are probably thinking “I have never heard of that!” and Google knows this as well. In the post, the tech company said only a few people out of those who use Chrome on Mac, Windows and Linux machines also use those apps.

The phase-out will be gradual, with apps published in late 2016 being available to only users with a Chrome OS device.

Google says the existing apps will remain available for a bit on all platforms and developers will be able to keep them updated. It is not clear how long though.

However, the Chrome Web Store will stop showing Chrome apps for Windows, Mac and Linux by the second half of 2017 while the apps will stop loading entirely by early 2018.

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