Microsoft Edge may soon let users open links in web apps

SAN FRANÇOIS: Tech giant Microsoft is reportedly working on a new feature for its Edge browser that will make Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) and web apps more native.

The new option allows users to configure Edge to open links in associated Progressive Web Apps or installed Web Apps. For example, a person could set their browser to open the YouTube PWA after clicking a YouTube link in Edge, Windows Central reports.

First spotted and shared by prominent Reddit user Leo Varela, the feature can be enabled now via a flag in Edge Canary.

Searching for “Enable open support links in installed web apps” should bring up the option in edge://flags in Edge.

Developers can already save apps to open when a related link is clicked in Edge, but this new feature works with websites installed as apps.

Varela believes the option can circumvent the need for developers to register their web applications as link managers.

An entry on Edge Insider’s feature roadmap appears to reference the same feature that was spotted by Varela.

“Starting with version 97 of Microsoft Edge, you can choose to launch the browser in a PWA rather than the full native browser,” the roadmap says.

This entry mentions a target release date of Q1 2022, which has already passed.

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