In a rare collaborative effort between Microsoft and Google, a new Chrome update has allowed the browser to install PWA’s as normal Windows 10 applications.
This new feature will make apps like Starbucks or Twitter more of a native experience on Windows 10. If you are a Chrome user you can now directly install PWAs from the Chrome menu and view their installs in the Windows 10 Start Manu.
The apps feel fast, integrated due to the new feature.
“Desktop progressive web apps can be ‘installed’ on the user’s device much like native apps. They’re fast. Feel integrated because they launched in the same way as other apps, and run in an app window, without an address bar or tabs. They’re reliable because service workers can cache all of the assets they need to run. And they create an engaging experience for users.”
Overall, mobile has driven the movement in Progressive Web Apps. However, desktop is still a growing market. Desktop use is more evenly distributed throughout the day, data shows.
Having apps that feel native is important to a user as gives them confidence about its reliability, performance, and engagement. Desktop Progressive Web Apps are available at the same place as other desktop apps but they are able to run in-app windows. This makes them look and feel like proper Windows apps.
Google shared an extensive blog post to give developers an insight into the new feature and app development under the PWA platform with Windows 10.
Google is further developing this platform, working on features such Keyboard shortcuts, badging for the launch icon, link capturing, and more.
Microsoft is also trying to get developers on board for native PWA support for their apps. However, it didn’t find much success in generating developer interest.