Web apps to finally feel more native on Windows 10

Progressive Web Apps

Microsoft is betting big on Progressive Web Apps (PWAs), which
are web apps on steroids that are designed to look and work
like native apps on Windows 10 and other platforms including
Android.

Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) use the latest web technologies
including push notifications and service workers to look and
work like native Windows 10 apps. Microsoft is hoping that
if PWAs are adopted more widely by publishers, it could have a
big impact on the company’s app strategy.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) has been updated with a new flag
called ‘Web Apps Identity Proxy’ to enable deeper integration
between PWAs and Windows shell.

When this flag is enabled on Windows 10 20H1 machines, web apps
will be treated as native apps and there are many advantages.
For example, web apps would appear independently in Windows
10’s Task Manager, it will allow web apps to display
notification badges, and it will also let you uninstall the
apps from the Start menu or settings.

Another useful change is the notifications are labelled as
coming from the website, rather than Microsoft Edge. For
example, notifications would read ‘WhatsApp’ instead of
Microsoft Edge.

This new feature is exclusive to Windows 10 20H1 and Microsoft
Edge for now, but the experimental flag could also make its way
to Google’s Chrome browser.

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