In the wake of Google's decision to kill off Chrome Apps like Remote Desktop for Mac, Windows and Linux users, Google is about to launch a web portal for Chrome Remote Desktop. The company further added, "In the second half of 2017, the Chrome Web Store will no longer show Chrome apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux, but will continue to surface extensions and themes". Hosted apps were basically glorified bookmarks, which makes little sense on a real desktop OS but gave Chrome OS users a way to pin important webpages to certain parts of the UI. "Packaged apps", which were the more powerful applications which were capable of running in the background and could access ports on the device.
Google told developers via email the Chrome team is working to enable Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) that can be installed on the desktop. The search giant, in August 2016, said that just 1% of the Chrome users on Windows, Mac and Linux used Chrome apps actively. In smartphones, native apps have proved to be more popular than web apps for their reliability and speed. PWAs can work across multiple browsers even on mobile devices, and can deliver an app-like experience to desktop websites.
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. These applications which are already being rolled out for Chrome on Android and will function more like full-fledged applications with push notification capabilities and an installable app icon. Google previous year in August said, "There are two types of Chrome apps: packaged apps and hosted apps". PWAs already work on Samsung's own web browser on its Android smartphones and Android versions of Firefox and Opera. There's still no word on removing Chrome Apps from Chrome OS, though.