Microsoft is converting Outlook.com into a PWA app

Microsoft is planning to port Outlook.com and Outlook for the Web mail service into the Progressive Web Apps (PWA) app. This allows any Outlook user to install the web mail app on Windows, macOS, Chrome OS, and other native PWA-enabled platforms. This is perhaps one of the solutions to the current confusion of Outlook desktop apps and Windows Mail clients.

Microsoft is converting Outlook.com into a PWA app

Photo by The Verge

In essence, PWA is still a web site, but they have better caching, notification, and background capabilities that make it look more like a traditional application. Since last year, Microsoft has ported some of its core Windows applications to the PWA platform, and Outlook’s campaign suggests that other Office applications, such as Word and Excel, will see similar changes.

Microsoft is converting Outlook.com into a PWA app

Photo by The Verge

If you’re currently using Chrome, Edge, a Chromium-based browser, visit Outlook.com now to install it. Users can simply “install” Outlook.com from the address bar and think of it as a native application in Windows or macOS.

Microsoft is also trying to bring Gmail, Google Drive and Google Calendar support to Outlook.com. Last week Microsoft confirmed to The Verge, themedia outlet, that it was experimenting with these integrations by a small number of Outlook.com users.

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