Microsoft has today outlined its plans for introducing Progressive Web Apps (PWA) to Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge. In a blog post on the official Windows Blog, Microsoft states that starting with Redstone 4, PWAs will be supported in both Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge with service workers, and has outlined how it plans to get PWAs into the hands of users.
Starting very soon, Microsoft will start crawling and indexing PWAs that it thinks are high-quality enough to be listed in the Microsoft Store. Developers will, of course, be able to submit their own apps, but Microsoft will also be adding PWAs to the Store automatically, meaning the Store should soon see an influx of new Windows 10 apps powered by PWA.
The company says it has indexed over 1.5 million PWAs, and will roll out a small selection of them in the Microsoft Store over the coming weeks. This is a huge deal, as it means more apps will now be available on the Microsoft Store with little to no effort at all. Developers can, if they wish, add support for specific Windows 10 features such as Actionable Notifications, live tile support and more, too.
Microsoft is all in on PWAs, and that's a good thing. This should, hopefully, keep UWP afloat, at least for now. Developers can build an app that targets PWA, and can be deployed across Google, Apple and Microsoft. From there, if the developer wants, they can add support for specific platforms such as live tile support on Windows 10. Let's hope PWA helps Microsoft push its Windows Store efforts further, because right now, it's somewhat lacking.
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