Password administration app LastPass has introduced it will likely be discontinuing its native macOS app on February 29th, directing customers in an e-mail to change over to the brand new web-based model of the app that can substitute it.

In keeping with the e-mail, LastPass is making the change to “present one of the best expertise for our clients,” citing adjustments made by Apple in Safari 12 in 2018, which had been designed to push builders towards providing browser extensions by way of native Mac App Retailer apps as an alternative of the quickly to be deprecated Safari Extension Gallery. Whereas different apps, like 1Password, up to date to implement the brand new system with their native apps, LastPass has determined to only take away assist for the previous native app totally.

The brand new, web-based LastPass for Mac

To switch it, LastPass will likely be providing a brand new Mac app that can assist the brand new extension system. Nevertheless, as an alternative of being a completely native piece of Apple software program, it’ll be extra of an internet app that’s “constructed with applied sciences shared with our different LastPass apps,” which the corporate says will make it simpler to keep up its apps throughout a number of platforms.

The draw back is that the brand new app is not constructed with native Mac applied sciences, which implies that it appears to be like worse (particularly in comparison with the previous app, which slot in significantly better alongside different native Mac apps). It additionally lacks deeper macOS options, like system-wide sizzling keys, which can also be disappointing.

Prospects preferring the previous Mac App Retailer model will theoretically have the ability to use it, however after February 29th, the app “will not be supported or obtain safety updates.”


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