Installed progressive web apps are about to feel more native on Windows 10
Updated April 30, 2021: Twitter user Leopeva64 clarified that this feature is available through an optional flag and does not require a Windows Insider build. The message has been updated accordingly.
Progressive Web Applications (PWAs) continue to improve on Windows 10. In addition to large organizations like Instagram and Google embracing PWAs, Microsoft is steadily improving what they can do on PCs. An experimental flag on Microsoft Edge adds several new options for installing PWAs.
Once the flag is enabled, users can see the options of pinning to taskbar, pinning to Start, create a desktop shortcut, and auto-start when logged in to the device. These options make PWAs look a bit more like normal apps, which is Microsoft’s goal.
Twitter user Florian B spotted the feature and shared a screenshot of the options on Twitter. It has since come to our attention that the feature does not require a Windows Insider build and that anyone can enable it through an optional flag.
Earlier this month, we reported that developers will soon be able to customize PWA title bars. The feature, called Windows Controls Overlay, will be available for testing in Chrome 92, which is expected to be released soon. With this feature, developers will be able to add controls and features, such as a search bar or navigation options in the title bars of PWAs.
Between the new installation options and the ability to add controls to title bars, PWAs should feel a lot more native in the coming months.
Last year, Microsoft also described other ways to make PWAs more native, including options to set PWAs as the default file types, adding native system access, and setting PWAs as the target. sharing.