The company explained its intention to do away with apps a year ago, and as we noted back in August when it officially announced its plans, only about 1 percent of Windows, macOS and Linux users actually used Apps, so they've gotta go.
Currently, users can still install apps by opening the direct link. "Packaged apps", which were the more powerful applications which were capable of running in the background and could access ports on the device. Google has started sending out emails to Chrome app developers telling them that Chrome Apps are deprecated, and while previously installed apps still work, the functionality will be stripped out of Chrome in Q1 2018. Since Chrome apps are soon to be deprecated completely early next year, this web portal and its accompanying extension replace the app. Hosted apps function mostly like webpage bookmarks which could be conveniently pinned across parts of the user interface. Provide remote assistance to Windows, Mac and Linux users, or access your Windows and Mac desktops at any time, all from the Chrome browser on virtually any device, including Chromebooks. People who use Chrome just for web surfing will be able to download extensions and themes. The apps that have already been installed still work. Other features of a PWA website include integrated push notifications and some offline capabilities, according to Ars Technica.
Chrome for Android has already supported PWAs, and they aim to make the web feel like a native app.
Google is now looking forward to bring the Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) to the desktop. The Chrome browser will continue to load packaged and hosted apps on Windows, Mac and Linux.
Now Google has sent an email to developers saying that the depreciation of Chrome Apps in favour of PWA is being delayed.