In late 2016, Google first announced the discontinuation of Chrome Apps. Based on this announcement and to minimize disruption for our customers, Talkdesk began building Callbar® on a different technology stack, Electron, which has been Generally Available since early 2018.
Early this year, Google pushed forward with their discontinuation of Chrome Apps. As a result, Chrome Apps will have two different end of support dates, depending on the operating system. June 2020 for Windows, Mac and Linux users, and June 2021 for Chrome OS users. In addition, Google added two extension dates for customers under Chrome Enterprise or Education Upgrade. Please see the timeline below for details.
Note that this change does not have an impact on any Chrome Extension, i.e. Talkdesk Click-to-Call extension.
When will the change happen?
Google end of support changes will commence between March 2020 and June 2022.
What does Google End of Support mean?
Although Callbar Chrome App will still run on your operating system, Talkdesk will no longer be able to push new updates to it. This means that your agents will not be able to receive any of the new features or improvements that will be released.
Additionally, Callbar Chrome App is going to be removed from Chrome Web Store, therefore you’ll no longer be able to install it on new computers.
For agents on Windows, Mac or Linux using Callbar Chrome App:
If you are using Callbar Chrome App on Windows, Mac or Linux, uninstall the Chrome App and install the Callbar® Electron version. This can be done through this download link.
It's important to know that Callbar® Chrome App and Electron share the same features and behavior, so there is no change to the agents workflow.
Additionally, the agents using Callbar® Electron will benefit from Talkdesk SSO features, using the default browser for the login process. Note that IE is not supported, only Edge+.
There are some configurations that you need to perform:
- To keep using the Talkdesk Click-to-Call Chrome extension, do not forget to update the option "Make the call through" to Callbar App.
- If you are using Salesforce CTI connector, do not forget to update the CTI connector (Salesforce) for your users, on User Management.
- If you are using Zendesk CTI connector, uninstall the current connector and install the Zendesk CTI connector for Callbar App.
For agents on Chrome OS:
There is nothing you need to do as of this moment, since the deprecation of Chrome Apps for Chrome OS will only happen in June 2021.
Talkdesk is actively working on a like-for-like solution for Chrome OS, as Electron-based apps cannot be installed on Chrome OS.
Have questions or need assistance? Please contact your Customer Success Manager or email firstname.lastname@example.org.