The password management app LastPass today officially announced that it will stop supporting native macOS applications on February 29, 2020. In an e-mail message sent to macOS users, the user is directed to switch to a new web-based application. According to e-mail, the password management application LastPass makes changes around the goal of “providing customers with the best experience.”
And that’s because of Apple’s 2018 changes to Safari 12, which are designed to push developers to provide browser extensions through the local Mac App Store app, rather than through the soon-to-be-retired Safari Extension Gallery. Although other applications, such as 1Password, have been updated with a new version, LastPass has decided to completely remove support for older native applications.
After abandoning support for native macOS apps, LastPass will provide a new Mac app that supports new extension steams. But it’s not so much a complete native application as it is a web program based on the LastPass application, which the company says is better able to manage applications across platforms.
Naturally, compared to native applications, new web applications are bound to have many shortcomings, lack of deeper macOS features, such as system-wide hotkeys and so on. In theory, lastPass users who like older MacOS will be able to continue to use it after February 29, but are no longer supported or accept security updates.