Twitter Talks Up Its Move to PWA

Posted on May 2, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Dev, Social, Windows 10 with 10 Comments

Twitter Talks Up Its Move to PWA

In a brief post noting the release of Twitter for Windows 10, the social network explained its use of PWA technologies and how it will be adding more native Windows 10 features to the app.

“This release represents a renewed commitment to Windows that has been long overdue,” Twitter’s Charlie Croom explains, “and is part of a longer-term strategy to reach greater feature parity to all of our platforms.”

As he notes, the new Twitter app for Windows 10, which is available in the Microsoft Store, is a Progressive Web App (PWA), and it has been optimized for Windows 10 version 1803. It provides access to modern Twitter features like:

  • Streamlined in-app experience with a more consistent look and feel
  • Extended 280 character limit
  • Explore tab so you can find topics relevant to your interests
  • Tweets bookmarking so you can read them later
  • Improved accessibility for screen readers

But the best thing about PWAs from a Windows 10 perspective is that they don’t have to be least common denominator experiences. Twitter today already supports native Windows 10 features like Share integration, live tile pinning, and jump links. And Croom says that more integration features are coming soon too.

“We want to continue providing our Microsoft users with the latest and greatest, and will be adding additional features like night mode, in the coming weeks and months,” he notes.

Nice.

You can download Twitter for Windows 10 from the Microsoft Store. If you’re using Twitter on older Windows versions, you can continue using the Twitter website. Or, access the Twitter PWA on the web.

 

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