Google had big plans for its progressive Web Apps. Earlier this year, it has been noticed in Chrome. We were also aware of it that Google would drop Chrome web apps from Linux, Mac and Windows. Google to Shift Chrome Apps to Progressive Chrome Apps.
A big news is that Google is going to replace Chrome App with PWAs on desktop system. The company has sent an email to developers, in which it was mentioned that Google was working to bring Progressive Web Apps to desktop and that it was planning to launch in the mid of 2018.
Google to Shift Chrome Apps to Progressive Chrome Apps
The email confirms that Chrome Apps will not be found anymore for users on Windows, Mac, and Linux, because Google intends for Progressive Web Apps to replace Chrome Apps.
The company also stated:
In order to enable a more seamless transition from Chrome Apps to the web, Chrome will not fully remove support for Chrome Apps on Windows, Mac or Linux until after Desktop PWA installability becomes available in 2018. Timelines are still rough, but this will be a number of months later than the originally planned deprecation timeline of “early 2018. What’s more, Google confirmed that its PWA’s wouldn’t be able to offer the full range of capabilities that Chrome Apps can, but said it was “investigating” ways to make the transition easier for developers whose apps are reliant on the pre-existing Chrome APIs.
Well it is informed that Google will not immediately remove Chrome Apps support on Windows, Mac, and Linux in first quarter of 2018. It will wait until Desktop PWAs become available to install in 2018.