Google will allow you to use Chrome apps for a longer period of time, after the company on Monday announced an extension to its planned deadline to end support for the software (via 9to5Google).
If you are unfamiliar with Chrome apps, they are apps you install in Chrome that work similarly to apps you would launch from your desktop – like this one for the Pocket app later. But they have not been widely approved – Google said that “approximately 1 percent of users on Windows, Mac and Linux actively use packaged Chrome applications” by August 2016, when it began announcing plans to give up support for the platform .
In January, Google said Chrome apps would stop working on Windows, Mac and Linux this year (technically, the company set a June 2020 deadline, but it does not appear to have been actually followed). Now, Google says that Chrome apps will work on those platforms until June 2021. Organizations can extend support for Chrome apps on those platforms for an additional year, meaning they will work until June 2022.
And if you’re a Chrome OS user, Google will now end support for Chrome apps in June 2022 instead of June next year. But no matter what platform you are on, Google says support for Chrome apps will end on all platforms by June 2022.
chrome extensions it still works – and in fact, making an add-on is one of the options that Google recommends as an alternative for developers who now have to move away from Chrome apps but still want to offer similar functionality within the Chrome browser.