Password management app LastPass will officially drop support and updates for its native Mac app from February 29. LastPass users are being advised to switch over to the new web-based version of the app that will replace it.

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The old LastPass app for macOS

The announcement was made in an email to users, explaining that the change was being made to "provide the best experience to our customers."

Changes in Safari 12 designed to get developers to offer browser extensions through Mac App Store apps instead of the soon-to-be-defunct Safari Extension Gallery were also cited as an influencing factor.

As noted by The Verge, other apps like 1Password were updated to implement the new system within their native apps, but LastPass has decided to remove support for its native app entirely.

The replacement web-based app supporting the new extension system has been built with technologies developed in the company's LastPass mobile apps, which should make it easier to maintain the apps across the different platforms.

According to The Verge, the negative outcome of the switch is that the new app lacks some of the functionality of the native Mac app, like system-wide hotkeys. However, LastPass told MacRumors that users can expect the same experience, with access to features such as the Sharing Center, Security Challenge, Emergency Access, Account Settings, additional Hot Keys, and more.

Top Rated Comments

firewire9000 Avatar
37 months ago
"provide the best experience to our customers."

Drops support for a native app in favor of a web based.

Sure, bro.
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chrono1081 Avatar
37 months ago
Anyone who thinks a web app is a better solution than a native desktop app isn't very familiar with either.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
haruhiko Avatar
37 months ago
Sounds like a great idea... for 1Password.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
martyjmclean Avatar
37 months ago
LastPass has gone to **** the last few versions, but this is disappointing. :( 1Pass is the best manager anyway.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Agterra Avatar
37 months ago
I had such a bad experience with the web extension on any web browser, good thing I switched for a better one. This screams "Because we are lazy, and it's less expensive in development"
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
The White Knigh Avatar
37 months ago
Just got 1Password. I am glad.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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