Progressive Web Apps will Replace Google Chrome Apps in 2018

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Chrome Apps are dead, as Google shuts down the Chrome Web Store section

As Chrome apps reach their end of life, one of Google's most useful tools is seemingly in jeopardy.

To allow your PC to be accessed, you'll need to install the Chrome Remote Desktop extension from the Chrome Web Store. Both app categories will now be accessible only on Chrome OS and not the desktop.

As Google explained in its blog post previous year, Chrome apps are being killed because no one uses them. Admins can also restrict which browser extensions can be accessed by users - an enhancement that will appeal to system administrators and further boost Chrome's enterprise credibility.

First spotted by the folks at Chrome Story, Google has opened (earlier than expected) a dedicated portal for Chrome Remote Desktop. You might have already seen some of these on your mobile device: they're sites that get a full-screen immersive interface, push notifications, and an icon on your home screen.

Progressive Web Apps are not Chrome-specific. Chrome Apps came in two varieties: "packaged apps" and "hosted apps".

With the removal of Chrome apps, Google wants developers to start adopting Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) for Mac, Linux and Windows PCs. PWAs use the modern web capabilities to deliver an app-like experience to the web or desktop users.

Now Google has sent an email to developers saying that the depreciation of Chrome Apps in favour of PWA is being delayed. The Chrome browser will continue to load packaged and hosted apps on Windows, Mac and Linux.

Chrome for Android has already supported PWAs, and they aim to make the web feel like a native app. When Google's done working on PWAs on Android, the company could move forward by bringing it to other versions of the Chrome web browser.

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

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