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Chrome’s desktop notification center is being removed

by Brandon Russell | October 15, 2015October 15, 2015 10:20 am PST

Chrome notification center

Google on Wednesday said it’s going to remove the notification center for Chrome on desktop, citing a lack of activity from users. The feature was launched back in 2013, and while it seemed great in theory, Google admitted that few users actually visit notification center. If you’re using Chrome OS, the feature will remain; the removal affects Windows, Mac and Linux.

Instead of a notification center, Google brought attention to Chrome’s support for push notifications via the emerging web push standard, which users can take advantage of on mobile.

“With the growth of web push, notifications are an increasingly important way for users to engage with web pages they care about,” Google said. “By streamlining the experience on desktop, Chrome can ensure a simple notification experience on every platform.”

If you were one of the few who used Chrome’s notification center on desktop, your only respite will be to visit and click on the little bell icon.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...