Using Outlook.com as a pilot, Microsoft gradually transformed its core productivity tools into Progressive Web Apps (PWAs). The PWA application uses the latest web technologies, including push notifications and service work, to enable it to run like native applications on other platforms, such as Windows 10 and Android. Microsoft says that if PWA applications are more widely embraced in the market, it will inevitably have a significant impact on the company’s application development strategy.
Chromium-based Microsoft Edge introduced a new Flag called Web Apps Identity Proxy in a recent release update that deeply integrates PWA and Windows shell. When flag is enabled on Windows 10 20H1 devices, PWA apps can be considered native and have many features of native apps. For example, a web app can be displayed independently on The Task Manager of Windows 10, allowing the notification bar to be displayed, and can uninstall the PWA app through the Start menu or settings app.
Another useful improvement is that notifications are marked as coming from websites, not Edge browsers. For example, a notification from WhatsApp, not a notification from the Edge browser, is displayed. Chrome can also use this experimental Flag in addition to the Windows 10 20H1 feature update and the latest Edge browser.