Part of what makes Chrome so popular is the availability of extensions through the Chrome Web Store - allowing users to customize their Chrome experience to suit their own needs.
Google on Tuesday said it plans to discontinue inline installation of Chrome browser extensions, by which code on third-party websites can trigger the installation of extensions from the Chrome Web Store.
Google notes in its announcement that inline installed extensions have a higher user complaint ratio and are uninstalled significantly more often than extensions installed from the Web Store.
From today, newly published extensions that call the inline installation feature [chrome.webstore.install ()] will see users automatically redirected to the Chrome Web Store in a new tab, to complete the operation.
Inline installations were introduced in Google Chrome 15 in 2011 to provide websites with an intuitive and easy way to install extensions.
Chrome extension developers are required to add their extensions to the Chrome Web Store but they could distribute it using inline installations up until now.
Google Chrome has the privilege of shipping on millions of Android devices around the world, giving it a massive head start in claiming market share.
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On September 12, inline installation will be disabled for existing extensions with the inline install API removed on Chrome 71 in early December.
This sweeping change should hopefully curb the problem Chrome users face when visiting websites and unintentionally installing an extension through misleading tactics.
The company and its users experienced wave after wave of issues with malicious or deceptive Chrome extensions.
However, it is likely that this new change will ruffle the feathers of existing extension owners who rely on the inline install method for legitimate installs of their extensions.
Older extensions will continue with established behavior - showing an installation confirmation dialog that's distinct from the Chrome Web Store display.
Extension developers who use inline installations now need to change the install buttons on their web properties before Chrome 71's release in December so that they link to the Chrome Web Store instead. Google has not published information about the ratio of installs.