There’s a good chance this won’t affect you. But just so you know, Google is finally killing off Chrome apps. This comes in almost 4 years after Google announced that it was planning to kill Chrome apps in favour of the web. Although, this won’t be instant death. Chrome apps will die gradually, starting with platforms like macOS and Windows, and ending with Chrome OS a couple of years later.
But given how the web has progressed, it’s unlikely that Chrome apps will be missed by users. Most applications and services have a similar interface on the web and some even take a step further by offering Progressive Web Apps that deliver an app-like experience right within your browser. Flipkart Lite, Tinder Online, Google Earth and Starbucks are some popular web apps that offer an experience parallel to that of apps.
But Google Extensions are here to stay.
As mentioned above, Chrome apps won’t be shut down in an instance. The first event is in March 2020 from when Chrome Web Store will stop accepting new Chrome applications. Although, developers will be able to update their apps until June 2022. Later in June 2020, support for Chrome Apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux will end. Although, customers who have Chrome Enterprise or Chrome Education Upgrade will have access to a policy to end support in December 2020.
Then, in June 2021 support for Chrome Apps will end on Google Chrome. But users who have Chrome Enterprise Upgrade will have access to a policy to extend support through June 2022. June 2022 is the resting month for Chrome Apps altogether and its support will end for all Chrome OS users.