Google announced this via a blog post on 19th August 2016 and now have updated the blog post on 5th December 2017, making the change live from today. "There are two types of Chrome apps: packaged apps and hosted apps", Google explained in a blog post from previous year.
Google on Wednesday made good on its promise to rid of Chrome Apps. By early 2018, Chrome apps that are already installed on the Google's browser will no longer work. "Another update will be posted here when a new date for the Chrome Apps EOL on Windows, Mac, and Linux has been finalized".
The email confirms that Chrome Apps will not be found anymore for users on Windows, Mac, and Linux, because Google intends for Progressive Web Apps to replace Chrome Apps. Hosted apps function mostly like webpage bookmarks which could be conveniently pinned across parts of the user interface.
Another great thing about Progressive Web Apps is that it's not exclusive to Google's Chrome web browser because it uses all existing W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) standards. There's still no word on removing Chrome Apps from Chrome OS, though. When Google's done working on PWAs on Android, the company could move forward by bringing it to other versions of the Chrome web browser. It will wait until Desktop PWAs become available to install in 2018.
This is the companion extension for the Chrome Remote Desktop website (https://remotedesktop.google.com). If only 1 percent of users used Chrome Apps when it was supported on the major desktop OSes, you've got to wonder how dead and abandoned the platform will be when it is only available on Chrome OS. Microsoft already announced that it's bringing PWAs to Windows 10, while Apple is in early stages to bring it to the Safari web browser.