Microsoft Edge is Getting New PWA Features on Windows 10

Posted on November 26, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 6 Comments

Microsoft's Bold Plan to Bring PWAs to Windows 10

The new version of Microsoft Edge will more seamlessly integrate with Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) on Windows 10, according to a new Microsoft Tech Community post.

A user noticed a new flag in the Canary version of the new Microsoft Edge called Web Apps Identity Proxy. The description explains that this flag “enables installed web apps to be created with modern Windows application identity for better integration with the Windows shell,” but it provides no further details. So a Microsoft employee answered their question about the new flag.

“This enables PWAs on the upcoming Windows Release (builds greater than 19022) to appear to the Shell more like a native app would,” John Jansen replied. “For example, that post I responded to earlier today wanted notifications to say ‘WhatsApp’ instead of ‘Microsoft Edge,’ this feature enables that. It will also allow the app to be uninstalled more easily, show up in Task Manager under its own name, and some other features. In the future, apps should then get badges and unique jump lists as well.” He promised that the documentation for this flag would appear soon as well.

So, this is interesting. And it’s impossible not to wonder if this sudden acceleration in new PWA functionality in Windows 10 is somehow tied to Microsoft Outlook on the Web and Outlook.com quietly transitioning to PWAs as I write this. Microsoft has never discussed its plans for those web apps either.

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6 responses to “Microsoft Edge is Getting New PWA Features on Windows 10”

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    Robert Dammers

    Saving Outlook.com as app worked quite impressively in Edge Beta. But the very best was saving the Ordnance Survey maps app - brilliant, and far better than any of the mobile versions. I'm really excited about the new Edge.

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    James Hancock

    Here's hoping that they also start intercepting links and notifications so that they go to the installed window. Right now they open another tab in an open window in edge, which makes no sense. If I get a notification from reddit and click on it, it should open in the reddit window. Same for anywhere else on the web, just like app launching works for apps installed on the machine.

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    will

    Per Microsoft at Ignite, Microsoft will be moving all of the Office apps to PWA options: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

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    Pbike908

    I would love to be able to set Google Maps PWA as my default map app in Windows. That would rock!

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    IanYates82

    I wonder how much of this is flowing back upstream to chromium?


    Great to see this kind of thing. An option to let opened tabs from the same domain stay in the app window (rather than shelling out to a new browser window) would be really nice. That'd make my enterprise medical records Web app work beautifully

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    bluesman57

    I was fooling around with Edge Canary and installed Web Outlook as an app (...>apps>install as an app). So that seemed to work. Then, I was on Thurrott.com in this comment section and wanted to include the path in a comment, so I looked at the apps menu again. The option appeared to install Thurrott.com as an app, which also works. So, what is that?

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