Google has aspirations to remove Chrome Apps from other platforms, like Apple’s desktop operating system, but the process will take some time.
In the spirit of eventually arriving at that end result, Google has made it officially official the process it plans to take. Over on the Chromium Blog, in a blog post entitled “From Chrome Apps to the Web,” the company outlines the steps it will take as it eventually moves away from Chrome applications for other desktop operating systems, and transitions the focus entirely on Chrome OS.
It starts in late-2016, with Google confirming that newly published Chrome Apps will only be available for Chrome OS users. However, it should be noted that for existing Chrome Apps, those can be accessed on all platforms for at least a little while longer, and developers can keep them updated as well.
Turning to the end of 2017, the Chrome Web Store will no longer show Chrome Apps on Mac, Windows, or Linux. And then, going further, by the time 2018 rolls around, folks using those platforms won’t be able to load those apps at all.
Once that rolls into effect, Chrome Apps will only be available in Chrome OS. Those apps can be supported by their developers as well, and any enhancements that Google brings to the platform in general, by 2018, will only apply to the Chrome OS platform.
Just a friendly head’s up from Google for any folks out there, which Google says is only about 1 percent of Mac and Linux users, that use Chrome Apps.[via Chromium Blog]