End of Add-ons & apps: Chrome & Firefox

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cinfNow a days these two news are roaming around, and these are not only bad but very hard to digest. Lets get a glimpse of these news:

  •  Google will end support for Chrome apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
  •  Old Firefox Add-Ons Will Stop Working in Firefox 57, End of 2017.

For Chrome lets think about postman, so it includes postman as well? YES !! here is the migration link from postman

So, windows, macOS and Linux users will lose support for finding, installing and opening web apps installed from the Chrome Web Store over the next two years.

One thing to notice here, when you are on the web extension publishing page of chrome, they show an yellow background NOTE, Your extension will not be available for users other than chrome os users.

In mid 2017: Windows, macOS or Linux users will no longer be able to install any new apps. Apps that are already installed will continue to work. Chrome OS users will notice no change.

In starting of 2018: users will not be able to open the extensions.

Okay lets see why, Google says that only 1% of users use these apps so why to expend so much on support and management. another reason they state is that the regular web can now do the things that Chrome apps were built to do.

affecting chrome extensions? No.

It’s important to stress that Chrome extensions are not being discontinued. You can continue to find, install and use extensions.

If you are confused by chrome extension and chrome apps than:

Chrome Apps (either hosted or packaged) are not just glorified bookmarks. They do allow unique functionality. Examples: 1. Notifications permission 2. Background pages.

wants more ?

Let’s understand apps first. They are just how they sound: applications you can run inside your browser with a dedicated user interface and, typically, rich user interaction. We’ve already had the concept of “web apps” in the browser for a few years, as something more rich and interactive than a website, but less cumbersome and monolithic than a desktop application. Examples include games, photo editors, and video players. source: chrome

How about extensions? Extensions also provide functionality, but unlike apps, there is little or no UI component. Instead, they extend the functionality of Google Chrome and the websites being viewed in it. For example, they can extend Google Chrome by adding a new button to the address bar, such as an ever-present currency converter. Buttons like this can also apply to the current website being viewed—for example, click the currency converter button to convert all prices on the website you’re viewing. source: chrome

Mozilla: By the end of 2017, and with the release of Firefox 57, we’ll move to WebExtensions exclusively, and will stop loading any other extension types on desktop.

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Rachel Jones is a Solutions Lead at Knoldus Inc. having more than 22 years of experience. Rachel likes to delve deeper into the field of AI(Artificial Intelligence) and deep learning. She loves challenges and motivating people, also loves to read novels by Dan Brown. Rachel has problem solving, management and leadership skills moreover, she is familiar with programming languages such as Java, Scala, C++ & Html.