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Google killing Chrome app launcher – Here’s what that means

by Todd Haselton | March 24, 2016March 24, 2016 7:00 am PST


Google announced recently that it will soon kill the Chrome app launcher on specific platforms. The Chrome app launcher allowed users to quickly launch Chrome Web apps, but Google says it has found that users “prefer to launch their apps from within Chrome” instead of from the dedicated launcher.

The feature will be removed by Windows, Mac and Linux but will continue to exist in Chrome OS, where it’s a staple feature and almost a requirement for quickly accessing the operating system’s Chrome-powered applications.

“The removal process will take place over the next several months,” Google Chromium engineering director Marc Pawlinger explained. “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.

I’ve actually never relied on the Google Chrome App launcher, so this makes sense. Anyone out there going to miss it?


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...