Inline installations of Chrome extensions no longer possible

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Google today confirmed that it is working on banning
installations of Chrome extensions from third party websites.
The software giant allowed users to install the Chrome
extensions from third party websites for its Google Chrome web
browser.

But now the company plans to stop the inline installations of
the extensions for its Google Chrome web browser. The company
has received issues with regards to deceptive uses of the
installations of the Chrome extensions on third party websites.

To stop the deceptive usage the company has decided to
permanently retire the inline installations. In a statement the
company says that the extensions starting June 12, 2018 will
redirect the users to the Chrome Web Store in a new tab.

“Extensions first published on June 12, 2018, or later, that
attempt to call the chrome.webstore.install() function will
automatically redirect the user to the Chrome Web Store in a
new tab to complete the installation,” explains James Wagner,
Extensions Platform Product Manager.

The new depreciated inline installations are expected to be
available later this summer with the release of Google Chrome
71. The company for the convenience of users has laid down the
specific date September 12, 2018 is when the company will
disable the inline installation for existing extensions.

Starting September 12, 2018 any extensions installed on the
Chrome Browser from third party websites will automatically
redirect users to the Chrome Web Store.

Along with the discontinuation of the inline installations of
extensions the company also plans to retire the inline install
API method in early December 2018 when the company expects to
release Google Chrome 71 which will not contain the API method.

The company advises the developers those who are unable to
publish their extensions on the Chrome Web Store or are not
willing to do due to the changes in the company’s policies will
be left with no choice but to retire their Chrome extensions.

This step, the company says, will be helping users in the
upcoming days which would make Chrome a safer place to browse.



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