Google delays Chrome web apps drop-dead date until mid-2022
Google this week rescinded several deadlines it had set earlier this year on ending Chrome apps, giving the format until mid-2022 before pulling all support.
Introduced in 2013 as a way to offer functionality not available on the web, the Chrome-specific apps also gave developers a way to write one app that would run on Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome OS.
In January, Google laid out an end-of-support schedule for the apps, saying then that as of Chrome 83 – slated for a June 9 launch – the browser would not support apps on Windows, macOS or Linux. However, it would offer a grace period – until December – for managed browsers in business. A policy was to be available that would extend support from June to December 2020. (Originally, Google said in 2016 that Chrome would reject running apps by early 2018, so this has been in the works a while.)