Microsoft Edge Insider gives web apps more prominent place in Start menu
Web apps will now get top billing in your Start menu, instead of being buried in a folder.
Microsoft is making it a little easier to hunt down your installed web apps in the Start menu on Windows 10. The company this week announced on Twitter that the Insider releases of the new Microsoft Edge will now install web apps on the top level of the Start menu's app list.
Previously, Edge Dev and Canary releases would install web apps to a folder within the Start menu, making them harder to find. With this tweak, they'll now appear automatically next to all of your other installed apps, displaying them more prominently. It's worth noting, however, that this only applies to new app installs.
Edge Canary and Dev now install web apps at the top level of the Start menu's apps list! We made this change based on your feedback that the Edge Apps folder made them hard to find. Thanks for all of your input! This change applies to all new app installs—no update required. pic.twitter.com/gSHWBJTEeYEdge Canary and Dev now install web apps at the top level of the Start menu's apps list! We made this change based on your feedback that the Edge Apps folder made them hard to find. Thanks for all of your input! This change applies to all new app installs—no update required. pic.twitter.com/gSHWBJTEeY— Microsoft Edge Dev (@MSEdgeDev) April 30, 2019April 30, 2019
Microsoft has placed a larger emphasis on web apps in recent years, and this change, while driven by feedback, is likely meant to complement that strategy.
To take advantage of this new feature, there's no need to update your Edge Dev or Canary build. If you have yet to give the new Edge built on Chromium a shot, however, it's currently available in preview as Microsoft continues to add features and respond to feedback ahead of a general release.
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With my Suface Go in S-mode, will I be able to install Web Apps from the brower using the Dev build?
That's a good question. I'd imagine no, unless the web app is also available from the Microsoft Store.
Since they are just shortcuts in the start menu, I'd say yes, as long as you can get Edge to install on it.
The new Chromium based Edge installed fine on my Surface Go in S-mode. But I cannot set it as my default broswer.
It works on mine :)