Chrome is one of the best browsers available today and few will disagree with that. It’s fast, easy to use, and very powerful. Some of it’s functionality though comes from it’s massive selection of extensions. These extensions can perform functions as simple as a notepad, to things as complex as mirroring your screen on the TV. Most users get Chrome extensions from the Chrome Web Store, but they aren’t all in there.
Some websites will sometimes prompt Chrome users to install an extension to view content or to access further functionality. Some do install from the Chrome Web Store, but others simply download the extension and install it without going through Google at all. In theory this could be a bad thing since these extensions could be malicious as Google did not scan them. Now though Google is blocking websites from doing that.
For Chrome extensions to be installed, users will have to go through the Chrome Web Store. On a good note, this will make Chrome much more secure than it would be without this change. However this will negatively affect some developers. Since they usually test their extensions by locally loading them into Chrome, they have a bit of a problem. Luckily though Google has taken action to ensure that developers will still be able to load up their extensions “during the development process”. As of right now, this change only affects Windows users although we expect it to come to all platforms in the near future.
You can learn more about Google’s changes in their blog here.