Microsoft and Google Are Working to Let You Uninstall PWAs Like Any Other Regular App

Progressive Web Apps have been a big deal lately. Google, Microsoft, and others have been investing quite a lot into PWAs over the last year or so, and they are actually quite well integrated on most modern web browsers nowadays. Google and Microsoft are now working together to take OS-support for PWAs to the next level.

When you install a PWA on Chrome or the new Microsoft Edge browser, you have to remove them through the browsers, instead of the OS. So that means these apps don’t actually show up on the Windows 10 apps list, for example. Microsoft and Google are working to address this problem.

As first spotted by Chrome Story, a bug report from April of this year outlined how PWAs should be uninstallable the same way as a real, native Windows app. Following the bug report, a couple of Microsoft and Google engineers discussed the problem publicly, stating how the solution could be implemented.

And now, it seems like a Microsoft engineer has come forward with an implementation for the solution. The implementation is currently under review on Chromium Gerrit, and if it gets approved, it could soon make its way to Google Chrome, as well as the new Microsoft Edge browser. “The change allows installed Web Apps on Windows to be uninstalled from the ‘Uninstall or change a program’ Control Panel,” the engineer noted. It is not clear if PWAs will appear in the modern Settings app’s Apps & Features section on Windows 10, though.

The change here is not necessarily a big one, but it just goes to show how Microsoft and Google working together on Chromium could make both Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge better, at least on Windows.

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  • prjman

    25 June, 2019 - 7:28 pm

    <p>How about supporting better 'tiles' in the start menu?</p>

    • coeus89

      Premium Member
      25 June, 2019 - 8:15 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#437564">In reply to prjman:</a></em></blockquote><p>Baby steps</p>

    • bart

      Premium Member
      26 June, 2019 - 7:45 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#437564">In reply to prjman:</a></em></blockquote><p>Believe telemetry shows 'nobody' uses live tiles in the Start menu.</p><p><br></p><p>Looks like it is going the way of the dodo</p>

  • wright_is

    Premium Member
    26 June, 2019 - 3:53 am

    <p>I have yet to see a PWA… At least no site I've visited has informed me that it is/has a PWA.</p>

  • dontbe evil

    26 June, 2019 - 5:06 am

    <p>"<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">&nbsp;It is not clear if PWAs will appear in the modern Settings app’s Apps &amp; Features section on Windows 10, though."</span></p><p><br></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">I don't see why they shouldn't … oh wait, I forgot who wrote the article</span></p><p><br></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">p.s.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">enjoy your bloated and resource hunger PWAs</span></p>

    • Mike Cramer

      26 June, 2019 - 1:24 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#437684">In reply to dontbe_evil:</a></em></blockquote><blockquote><br></blockquote><blockquote>Nasty woman</blockquote><p><br></p>

  • Thom77

    26 June, 2019 - 8:45 pm

    <p>PWA and Windows 10 website:</p><p><br></p><p>"<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Control device features (such as the camera, microphone, and GPS), access user resources (such as the calendar, contacts, documents, and music), launch and navigate your app with Cortana voice commands, and integrate with the Windows OS (through the notification center, desktop taskbar, and context menus)… all while protected by Windows security."</span></p><p><br></p><p>yeaa .. i can't imagine why Microsoft and Google are working so cooperatively on this. </p><p><br></p>


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