When Google introduced push notifications support in Chrome, the company built its own notification centre for the browser. But now that Windows 10 has its own notification center, Google could finally let users use the native Windows 10 notifications for Chrome extensions and web apps.
First noticed by a Reddit user, Chromium is getting a new flag that lets users Enable Windows notifications. The new flag is yet to be available in Chrome Canary, however. The feature was first requested by a Chrome user back in 2015, but it’s finally coming to the browser after nearly 3 years. It’s not clear if Chrome will automatically use Windows notifications by default or if users will be required to manually enable it. If users are required to manually enable Windows notifications, it will probably be buried somewhere in chrome://flags.
Chrome switching to native Windows notifications makes a lot of sense, mainly because of the fact that Google is getting ready to launch support for desktop Progressive Web Apps. PWAs would, therefore, likely be able to work in the background and notify you through the Windows 10 Action Center even when the browser isn’t open.