The notification center for Google Chrome on Windows, Mac and Linux is dead. More than two years after its introduction, the push notification hub has proven to be too unpopular to remain in the app. Chromium Software Engineer Justin DeWitt was unequivocal in explaining its demise:
"In practice, few users visit the notification center. To keep Chrome simple, it will be removed from Windows, Mac, and Linux in the upcoming release."
Push notifications will of course remain in Chrome however it is unclear how Google Now users will be able to access its info on desktop. On Chrome OS it has been moved into a new app launcher, it remains to be seen if the same will be done on Windows, Mac and Linux.
Responses to the announcement on the Chromium Blog varied widely, from those who didn't even know about the notification center, to dedicated users mourning its loss.
The notification center will remain unchanged on Chrome OS.