Microsoft has released a new Windows 10 Redstone 4 Insider Preview build (aka Windows 10 Spring Creators Update) and if any of us thought the development phase was nearly finished, we were definitely wrong.
The support for PWAs within Windows 10 is being made possible by Microsoft adding support for newer web technologies to the OS' forthcoming EdgeHTML 17 engine. However, it is now clear that similar to Google's take, which was recently followed by Mozilla, the Windows maker is now bringing PWAs to the mainstream.
If you're on Windows 10 S, Microsoft is testing a completely password-free experience.
PWAs aren't native apps but are Web apps created to offer an experience similar to a native app.
This also means that you can get notification without installing the app package itself. Companies such as Flipkart, MagicBricks, Housing.com, and Goibibo have their PWA versions available right now.More news: Celebrity Big Brother Spoilers: Omarosa Calls Chuck Liddell Her Insurance Policy
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Progressive Web Apps work now on recent Windows Insider Program builds of Windows 10, and they should ship as a default to everyone "later this year".
Well-known services and sites such as Flipboard, Twitter and Trivago already have PWAs, and Microsoft says it is whittling down the best web apps for inclusion in the Store from more than 1.5 million candidates.
With today's build, Microsoft has renamed the settings page under Update & Security from "Windows Defender" to "Windows Security" and redesigned the page.
As well as discovering apps via web crawling, developers will also be able to submit their offerings directly to Microsoft for approval. The engineering team at Microsoft has apparently been using the Bing Crawler to identify PWAs on the Web for almost a year. These technologies include Service Workers, which allows web apps and sites to more easily switch between working offline and online, and the Push and Cache APIs, bringing support for push notifications to web apps. On this event, you can find out what's being released in the next Windows 10 Update. "Throughout this process, we'll continue to vet our quality measures for PWAs, to make sure we're providing a valuable, trustworthy, and delightful experience to our mutual customers on Windows devices", stated the Microsoft team.