Chrome app launcher to be removed in July

Mountain View-based Google has announced the Chrome app launcher, which makes Chrome apps easy to open outside the browser, will be removed from Windows, Mac, and Linux in July.

The decision was taken because it found out that users on the aforementioned operating systems prefer to launch their apps from within Chrome.

“With Chrome’s continued emphasis on simplicity and streamlining browser features, the launcher will be removed from those platforms,” Google stated in a blogpost.

The launcher will remain remain unchanged on Chrome OS, however.

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.

Users who currently have 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.

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