Make PWA more like a native app: Microsoft’s new contribution allows PWA to start on with the system

Microsoft has publicly said it is working on the Windows 10 platform to bring PWA apps closer to native apps, allowing users to uninstall any web app like a regular app, or providing unique icons and jump lists on the taskbar. Now, when users access the PWA site through Chrome or other Chromium-based browsers, an installation button is available on the address bar. In the upcoming improvements, new options will be available in the installation dialog box to start with the system.

Make PWA more like a native app: Microsoft's new contribution allows PWA to start on with the system

And that’s a natural part of Microsoft’s contribution to the Chromium platform, which is considering automating installed PWA applications on Windows, macOS and Linux platforms when users log on to the system. Currently, PWA applications do not offer this feature, and Microsoft’s new proposal wants to implement a new mechanism for this feature on desktop platforms.

According to Run on Login Explainer, Microsoft plans to add PWA app shortcuts to the Windows system startup folder, or it can do so by creating a registry key in the Windows registry or running as a scheduled task.

Make PWA more like a native app: Microsoft's new contribution allows PWA to start on with the system

When you install the PWA app, you’ll find a check box that starts with the system (not enabled by default), and if you do, you add shortcuts to the Start menu and Windows startup folder. By accessing the Startup tab in Task Manager, users can enable/disable the PWA app shortcut.