Google’s initial concept for replicating the features of native apps through browsers was Chrome Apps, which came before Progressive Web Apps (PWAs). Although old technology is being phased out, Google has opted to keep Chrome Apps available on Chrome OS.
Meanwhile, the initial date for Chrome OS Apps deprecation was set for June 2022. Given partner input, this has been moved out until “at least January 2025” for Enterprise and Education clients.
Google strongly encouraged developers to convert Chrome Apps to PWAs “as soon as feasible” while releasing this long extension. The firm has already done so for its first-party services, with the added benefit of mobile accessibility.
PWAs are built and enhanced with modern APIs to deliver enhanced capabilities, reliability, and installability while reaching anyone, anywhere, on any device with a single codebase. There is a growing ecosystem of powerful desktop web apps & PWAs, from advanced graphics products like Adobe Spark to engaging media apps like YouTube TV to productivity and collaboration apps like Zoom.
This extension arrives at a time when some businesses are highly reliant on Chrome Apps they created years ago. Google will be able to remove the old NaCl, PNaCl, and PPAPI APIs from Chrome after the final deprecation.