What you need to know
- The Zoom app in the Chrome Web Store will no longer be supported after August 2022.
- Users of the app will need to install the Progressive Web App version of Zoom instead.
- The Play Store version of Zoom will also continue to be available to Chromebook owners.
We all knew this day would come, and it’s almost here. Chromebook users will soon no longer be able to install or use dedicated Chrome apps, including the popular video conferencing service Zoom.
As noted by 9to5Google (opens in new tab), users of the Zoom Chrome Web App have been notified that they will all be discontinued soon. Instead, Zoom users are instructed to use the new Chrome PWA (Progressive Web App) if they still need to use the service.
Zoom became incredibly popular due to the COVID-19 pandemic and saw exponential growth in a short period of time. Since then, we’ve seen several versions of Zoom’s app for the best Chromebooks made available, including the aforementioned Chrome Web App, PWA, and an Android app.
In 2020, Google announced the termination of Chrome apps, with developers no longer able to develop or list new Chrome apps. Shortly after the initial announcement, Google backed down a bit, pushing the write-off to June 2022. As we rapidly approach the end of June, Google has decided not to push things back any further, leaving users of the Zoom Chrome app and other Chrome apps to see similar termination messages.
To clear up any confusion, it seems that while Chrome apps will no longer be available for download at the end of June, Zoom is offering a little courtesy. The current Chrome app will continue to work until the end of August, giving users some time to switch to the PWA version of the client.
On the plus side, while it may seem like you’re losing functionality by switching to a PWA, you just aren’t. Zoom and Google have teamed up to make the experience the best it can be. There’s little to no difference when it comes to comparing features, but the Zoom PWA offers the same experience you’ve become accustomed to.
Part of this can be attributed to the fact that the Zoom Chrome app would never become a sustainable project for the company. But it also shows that PWAs are more than capable of replacing traditional Chrome apps or those from the Play Store.