Twitter PWA Picks Up Windows 10 Start Menu Integration

Posted on April 20, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Dev, Social, Windows 10 with 8 Comments

Twitter PWA Picks Up Windows 10 Start Menu Integration

The Windows 10 version of the Twitter app now lets you pin users to the Start menu. This is a nice example of the scalability of Progressive Web Apps (PWAs), which can expose platform-specific features that don’t appear elsewhere.

As you may know, I’ve been pushing the Twitter PWA app for almost a year. But with Microsoft adding PWA support directly to Windows 10, things are really getting interesting. And that PWA version of Twitter has been available via the Microsoft Store in Windows 10 since last month.

The initial release was pretty basic, just a wrapper around the existing PWA. But this an update this week, the PWA version of Twitter has picked up its first platform-specific integration: You can now pin Twitter users to the Start menu.

To do so, navigate to any user’s profile page. Then, click the Settings (gear) button and choose “Pin user” from the menu.

As you can see, this menu item does not appear in the Twitter PWA on other platforms. For example, here is the same app in Chrome (on the same PC as above).

Pinned users appear as resizable live tiles in the Start menu. You can even choose the largest tile size if you want. Pretty cool.

 

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