Windows Store always had an app shortage problem and Microsoft
has been working on new capabilities to lay the foundation for
Progressive Web Apps, one of the keys to the future of
Micorosft’s app market.
The PWAs are webpages on steroids and Twitter app for Windows
10 is one of the first powerful PWAs. While PWAs have started
to look and feel better on Windows 10, these web apps are still
not as good as the standalone UWP or desktop app.
Microsoft is again getting ready to improve PWAs on Windows 10
and Edge update will make PWA feel more like a native app.
What’s new for PWAs on Windows 10
According to Microsoft, you will be able to manage PWAs from
the Windows Settings, which means you can now uninstall web
apps just like a typical app.
Additionally, Microsoft is now allowing PWAs to share and
receive content on Windows 10.
The company is also working on the following areas:
- Better integration with Start menu. You can access
one-click actions from the Start menu tile of PWA.
- File handling.
- Windows Share UI.
- Task Manager integration.
- Privacy Settings.
- Integration with Apps & Features page in the Settings app.
In an upcoming version of Microsoft Edge, PWAs will be allowed
to write directly to file system. Likewise, if you install a
photo editor, you can right-click on the .jpg or .png file and
edit the picture with PWA-based photo editor. With these
changes, Microsoft says the gap between web apps and native
apps should narrow.
Microsoft is testing another new feature that would finally
allow PWA to run when Windows 10 bots.
All these improvements will first land in Microsoft Edge Canary
followed by Microsoft Store apps.
Microsoft Edge is also implementing many of these changes in
Chromium, which should benefit Chrome and other browsers.