Earlier this year, Google set a final downtime for Chrome Apps. Google Keep Chrome will stop working in February.
The Google Keep Chrome app, available from the Online Store, can appear in the Chrome OS rack or on a Mac / Windows dock, and has an optimized one-column view. Today, it started displaying a pink banner “Keep will soon move from Chrome app to your browser”. In addition to the “Learn more” support documentation, users have an option to “Update to keep.google.com.”
Existing users with Chrome version 86 or higher will be able to migrate to keep.google.com by following the instructions in the Chrome App. The Keep Chrome app on your desktop will be replaced with a shortcut launcher, which allows you to launch keep.google.com by simply clicking the icon on your desktop.
The help article says “support ends”; by February 2021 as part of the broader web technology transition. As a result, you will not be able to view the notes on your computer without an active internet connection. Offline access is restricted to Android and iOS clients.
Also, “access to Keep on your Chrome OS lock screen will be gone”. This is especially useful for touchscreen Chromebooks with a styli. It allows quick talking notes without having to login first.
Google officially directs new users to the Keep website and advises them to create a simple bookmark. On Chrome OS, you can tap the additional item menu> More Tools> Create shortcut.
Google today also introduced a new Google Keep icon on the web. It is not yet available on mobile applications.
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