Slowly Microsoft started bringing Progressive Web Apps to the
Microsoft Store. Last week Microsoft rolled out the
first wave of the Progressive Web Apps on Microsoft Store.
The list includes Skyscanner, Student Doctor Network, The Penny
Hoarder, OfferFinder.net, Space and more.
Later on, a developer called Pladoo Interactive
managed to bring the Uber and YouTube Progressive Web app to
Microsoft Store. But now, it looks like Microsoft pulled
these apps from the Microsoft Store. Obviously, these apps were
made by a third-party developer. So it is more likely that
Google and Uber may have requested Microsoft to remove them.
Both apps are just web wrappers. And they don’t even look to be
PWAs. It simply loads the whole website in the app window along
with all the advertisements and settings.
In the description of both apps developer mentioned that the
PWAs are part of a “Windows Revival Project”. And the objective
of these is to “bring apps to Windows 10 Mobile using PWA based
apps or even native apps.” However, Microsoft Edge on Windows
10 Mobile doesn’t support Progressive Web Apps feature service
workers, which can provide push notifications from the web.
In order to fill the App gam Microsoft actively working on to
bring more and more Progressive Web Apps to the Microsoft
Store. Microsoft made a tool named Bing Crawler which will
check the various popular website now and then and see if they
meet predefined standards. If it meets certain standards, Bing
Crawler will automatically generate appx wrapper of it and put
it into Microsoft Store.
Progressive Web App is one of the most futuristic technology
right now. All tech giants are looking forward to it. As of
now, Microsoft Edge does not support PWAs. But with Windows 10
Microsoft Edge is getting support for PWAs. So maybe by end
of 2018 or early 2019, we might see a lot of Progressive Web
App in Microsoft Store.