Google extends Chrome web apps end date to mid-2022

Google this week rolled back several deadlines it set earlier this year to end Chrome apps, giving the format until mid-2022 before removing all support.

Introduced in 2013 as a way to provide functionality not available on the web, Chrome-specific apps also allowed developers to write an app that would work on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS.

In January, Google laid out an end-of-support schedule for apps, saying that starting with Chrome 83 – slated for a June 9 launch – the browser would not support apps on Windows, macOS or Linux. However, it would offer a grace period – until December – for enterprise-managed browsers. A policy was to be available to extend support from June to December 2020. (Google originally said in 2016 that Chrome would reject running apps in early 2018, so this has been ongoing since some time.)

These dates no longer apply.

Now, support for Chrome apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux will end in June 2021, a year later than before. And IT admins will be able to use a Group Policy setting to extend support until June 2022 — about 18 months later than before — on managed copies of Chrome in the enterprise.

Google also rolled back previous deadlines for submitting apps to the Chrome Web Store, the official repository for programs. In January, Google said the store would stop accepting new apps in March 2020, although existing web apps can be updated until June 2022.

The changes separate public apps from private apps; the latter are those created by company developers and offered only to workers of that company. Although there is no new public apps were accepted on the Chrome Web Store after March this year, private apps can now be added to the market until June 2022.

All support for Chrome apps will expire in June 2022.

Google again emphasized that the removal orders do not apply to Chrome extensions (also known as add-ons). “This change does not affect support for Chrome Extensions. Google will continue to support and invest in Chrome Extensions on all existing platforms,” ​​wrote Anthony Laforge, CTO of the team. Chrome platform, in an August 10 post on a company blog. .

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