Google to retire Chrome app launcher for Windows, Mac and Linux users

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The app launcher that makes Google Chrome apps easy to open outside the browsers doesn’t seem to have found any takers. Google has announced in its blog that since users on Windows, Mac and Linux prefer to launch their apps from within Chrome, the launcher barely serves its purpose. In its efforts to continue emphasis on simplicity and streamlining browser features, the launcher will be removed from those platforms. It will remain unchanged on Chrome OS, the blog adds.

The removal process will take place over the next several months. Beginning in a few weeks, Chrome will no longer enable the launcher when users first install a Chrome app. Anyone who currently has the launcher will receive a notice informing them that the launcher will be going away. In July, existing instances of the launcher will be removed.

Chrome apps can still be accessed by clicking the apps shortcut in the bookmarks bar or typing chrome://apps in the omnibox, shares the blog.


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