Google delays Progressive Web Apps roll-out on the desktop

Google's Progressive Web Apps will replace Chrome Apps next year

Progressive Web Apps will Replace Google Chrome Apps in 2018

Google has taken this decision since only 1 percent of users actively using Chrome packaged apps.

As Google explained in its blog post previous year, Chrome apps are being killed because no one uses them.

Google said, that the apps already installed in Chrome shall no longer functional by early 2018.

Progressive Web Apps is a Google technology which lets developers create web applications which look and act just like proper desktop applications.

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With site isolation, Chrome can now render content for open websites in an individual process that is kept separate from other pages.

In Chrome 63, network administrators will now have better control over browser extensions as well as broader support for new security standards. Extensions are also installed through the Chrome Web Store and usually live next to the address bar as buttons. The major difference between chrome web apps and PWAs are the Progressive web apps are cross-platform and cross-browser, while the Chrome apps are limited to Google's browser. PWAs again aim to bring a few app-like features to websites, giving them a full-screen interface, an "installable" app icon, push notifications, and offline capabilities.

In a change from the original plan, Google won't immediately remove Chrome Apps support on Windows, Mac, and Linux by Q1 2018. Microsoft hopes to boost their Microsoft app store by ingesting the web apps automatically and has worked with Google to develop the technology. Because of this, other companies are jumping on the PWA bandwagon: it works on Samsung Android phones in the Samsung browser, Firefox on Android, and Opera on Android. For those wondering if Apps will be completely removed from all Google devices fret not, Google Apps will still be available to Chrome OS-powered devices such as Chromebooks.

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