Google stopped the sideloading of Chrome extensions for Windows users back in May 2014, and only allowed them to be offered via the official Chrome Web Store. In July, that will be extended to all Windows and Mac users, in both regular and developer channels. Google stated that after Windows users started getting extensions just from the Chrome Web Store, the company saw a 75 percent drop in requests from customers to uninstall unwanted extensions.
Google hopes this new enforcement policy will keep Chrome Windows and Mac users "safe from the reaches of malicious software developers."
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