Microsoft readies Progressive Web Apps for Windows 10 and the Microsoft Store

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.

Progressive Web Apps are just great web sites that can behave like native apps—or, perhaps, Progressive Web Apps are just great apps, powered by Web technologies and delivered with Web infrastructure. Technologically speaking, PWAs are web apps, progressively enhanced with modern web technologies (Service Worker, Fetch networking, Cache API, Push notifications, Web App Manifest) to provide a more app-like experience.We've announced before in several venues that we're all-in on PWAs. In fact, as hinted above, we want to take PWAs on Windows to the next level, by making them first-class app citizens in Windows. This follows from our general philosophy that the web platform, powered by EdgeHTML, is a core part of the Universal Windows Platform on Windows 10.Whether automatically indexed by the Store or manually submitted by the site owner, the Web App Manifest provides the starting set of information for the app's Store page: name, description, icons, and screenshots. Developers should aim to provide complete and high-quality information in the manifest. Once in the Store, the publisher will have the option of claiming their apps to take complete control of their Store presence.

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.

Zac Bowden
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Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

  • Am I right that W10M will never see these?
  • Windows 10 Mobile is dead. Get over it.
  • I'm way over it. I've been saying it since the L950--worst phone of all time--launched.
  • The L950 was actually quite good to me.
  • Good hardware. Horribly bad software.
  • Not true.
  • 950 hardware was laughable next to it's contemporaries.
  • its - not it's
  • VERY GOOD phone.
  • Still using my 950, had it since launch. It was rough around the edges at first, but still the best productivity mobile device I have had.
  • Windows 10 Mobile is dead, so yes, it won't be seeing these. Please try to keep up.
  • Um, I've been saying W10M was dead longer than you have. No need to be snarky about it.
  • If you know it is dead, why ask if it will be supported? Just to try stir up controversy? Generate FUD to create uncertainty around PWA?
  • What "controversy?"  Why would I want to "generate FUD?"  Do you think I work for Apple or something?  That I'm trolling?  It's just a question!!! But if you must know why I asked, it's because Windows PC is a legacy platform.  These--and anything else--will go completely unnoticed unless there is some other vector to get them into people's hands.  Unless PWAs come to mobile then they don't matter.  Period.  And since mobile is, as you say, dead, ipso facto they don't matter (can MS get a PWA store on Android?).  I just want to know whether I should care or not (answer: I shouldn't). I don't think people on this site realize that Windows itself is now pretty much dead.  It just had such a massive presence that's it's taking the world a while to notice that there hasn't been anything new under the Windows sun in a decade or more.  I can't think of one single thing I use a PC for in 2018 that I didn't use it for in 2008, and very often even 1998 (my PC is for Office, image editing, programming, Web browsing, and email, all in the same programs I used 10 and 20 years ago).  But my kids already know Windows is irrelevant.  They're asking for computers and what they want are Chromebooks.  Windows "doesn't work right" they say (and by that they mean, doesn't have the programs they want).  And they're right.  When they sit down to use the family PC, they can't do on it what they want to--what they do at school and at their friends' houses--so they get our their iPod or borrow my Galaxy, which can do those things.  Conversely, there is nothing--not one single thing--they can do only, or even just better, on a PC.
  • That may be true in US, but in Europe nobody uses Chromebooks. At schools the OS used is.... yes, you guess it, Windows!
  • PWAs are not just for Windows, it is a standard initially conceived by Google. It is already fully supported in Chrome, Microsoft is catching up but will have an even deeper integration with RS4. Apple is working on support.
  • Um, clearly your mind is already made up, so I feel this is pointless. But you made an absolute statement. (my PC is for Office, image editing, programming, Web browsing, and email, all in the same programs I used 10 and 20 years ago.  But my kids already know Windows is irrelevant...Conversely, there is nothing--not one single thing--they can do only, or even just better, on a PC.) Not everyone is you, and not everyone has the same needs as you. Just because you can still do things on a PC today that you could do 10 years ago doesn't make it obsolete. Below are some things that the phone and chromebooks fails miserably at, making PC's still very relevant.   Real photo and video editing are just better on a pc. Typing is just better on a PC (or a chromebook) than on a phone. Comparing the two, responding to comments in social media is so much faster and easier on a computer than trying to type it out on a 5.5" screen. Quick comments on a phone are fine, but few people would type out a term paper on a phone without a physical keyboard. I'm not saying you shouldn't use a phone. But comparing typing between the two, the computer wins. So computers are not irrelevant.  Autocad and really any of it's drafting counterparts fails miserably on a phone, many are only available as viewers if available at all. Chromebooks can't run full autocad, only autocad 360 which like Photoshop and it's counterparts on chrome is a stripped down version made for lite computers. It isn't for professional use. Many many games require the processing power of a pc. (gears of war, Halo, Resident Evil, to name a few) 3D graphical creation is PC based, pretty much non existent on a phone or tablet.  Videos we watch are almost always edited on a PC or Mac. As well as Netflix, Hulu, Prime content was likely edited and prepped on a PC or Mac. Frankly, most apps are created on a PC or a Mac, then tested on a phone.  Basically, a significant amount of the content consumed on the phone was created on a PC. Websites are created on PC's. Not phones.   Now to be fair, you did mention your kids don't want PC's but they want Chromebooks. I suspect that is mostly from your influence and their needs. The market penetration of Chromebooks shows they are not replacing PC's anytime soon. My kids mentioned wanting a chromebook. I asked why. They said, because they are cheap. When I educated them that a Chromebook is a little more than a web browser and that you can in fact run chrome on a PC to do everything you can do on a chromebook on a PC as well as so much more, they stopped wanting a Chromebook. You apparently don't like PC's. That is fine. Buy what you love. and let others buy what they love. But to come on here and tell everyone that PC's are irrelevant is rather short sighted since most content on a phone started life on a PC. Now don't go interpreting that I'm saying that the phone and chromebook are irrelevant. I'm not. I'm saying they are different and serve different purposes. The phone has filled an essential gap. Chromebook, has created a gap then filled it since everything you can do on a Chromebook can be done on a PC + so much more is available on a PC. Each has a purpose. They each target different users and different experiences. They are all relevant and will be for a long time.
  • I think you completely missed my point.  My point is not that PCs aren't essential for many, many things.  They are.  I'm a scientist.  I spend 8 hours a day sitting at a super high-spec PC doing image analysis, writing code, and typing out long documents.  Many of these things are absolutely still best on a PC (although the document thing can be done just as well on a Chromebook).  But the operative word is "still." What I said, and I will repeat it briefly, is that all those things you list were things PCs have been doing for decades: Video editing, document producing, application coding, etc.  And, for the most part, they are being done in the very same programs they were being done in a decade ago.  Sure, we're up to Premier Pro CC now, whereas a decade ago we were using Premiere Pro CS4.  And, no doubt, PPCC is much improved in that time.  But it isn't new. My point is that all new products are coming out on other platforms.  The PC is a pure legacy play at this point.  I am not saying that phones will take over the world.  I am saying that the operating systems used on phones (iOS and Linux) will expand into the domain of Windows by getting big screens and keyboards and powerful chips, and will soon enough be doing everything PCs do.  This will be hastened by the availability of hosted desktop services that will let people remote into a virtual Windows PC when needed to accomplish the fewer and fewer things will be PC-only. PWAs will not do anything for Windows because nobody uses Windows for anything other than those legacy things they are already using Windows for.  All new applications are in the Cloud or on iOS/Linux.
  • Quite the contrary, I see your point. I only chose to respond when you said, "Conversely, there is nothing--not one single thing--they can do only, or even just better, on a PC." That is what triggered my response. To clarify my position, I speak of the form factor, not so much the operating system. Computers are not legacy, obsolete, needing to be replaced objects, as you commented you agree with. While phones have taken over some tasks like social media, and exercise tracking, computers still have access to those same "new" features. Just because phones came along with new ways of doing things, doesn't make the old things obsolete because it is comparing apples and oranges. Yes phones have taken quite a chunk out of what we do on computers, their portability being the greatest reason for this. So did phones make writing reports obsolete? Is editing photos obsolete? No. So I still conclude that computers that sit on a desk or laptops that are portable will not be replaced very soon along with their dominant OS windows. Just because phones came along doesn't make these pre-phone tasks obsolete and so also the tool used to complete these tasks is also not obsolete. Windows will adapt and anything you can do on a phone that can be done better with a keyboard and mouse, will also come to Windows likely in a more robust version. You mention being in the cloud. Microsoft has a huge leap in cloud computing over IOS/Linux. Yes phones will get more powerful, and likely they will continue to take tasks from computers that are better done on a phone, but the form factor will continue to hamper their use for large screen, keyboard and mouse types of tasks. And for the same reason few people build apps for windows mobile due to low market share, few people will build computer apps just for chromebooks, without a windows counterpart, because windows is the dominant computer operating system. You say, "PWAs will not do anything for Windows because nobody uses Windows for anything other than those legacy things they are already using Windows for."  Again this is an absolute. People do use computers for the new things coming out, like social media, AR/VR and more along with using their phones for these same things when they are on the go. Now I agree that Microsoft has a huge hill to climb that they mostly built themselves in the mobile space. And I agree with you that PWA's might not do enough to get them back into that space. But to say they won't do anything for Microsoft is short sighted. PWA's are a new hope where previously it didn't seem like one existed, but will they do enough? For that we all need to wait and see. 
  • 😆😆😆😆
  • Yes, it's dead, but why, then do you keep pushing forum discussions about it?
    Allow me to answer for you: because many of us 1) still use it; and 2) want to keep pressure up on MS to make good on its amazing promise in the next generation.
  • W10M doesn't support the features PWAs use to be app-like.
  • They will and can run on Windows 10 Mobile
  • Higher order functions (e.g. notification support) will never come to W10M.  However, the backend work makes the web apps work really well with W10M (I replaced both Twitter and Flipboard apps with the sites).  Service Workers are already integrated into Edge on W10M (Fast Ring, check about:flags), so some capabilities may be possible.
  • Andromeda mobile will certainly see PWA besides Windows store apps and web apps.
  • Would have been good to have heard something about WebAssembly.
  • Edge already support WebAssembly. 
  • my point is that you can't create PWA's from C# that hook into WebAssembly today
  • To me, this feels like it's just the beginning of what MSFT has got to offer...
  • PWA will the highlight of BUILD 2018.
  • Same Ol' Song and Dance.
  • And videos of these?
  • App gap solved. Deploy the surface phone. 
  • Lol.. Woah, not so fast... It's a start towards a better experience, and definitely exciting thinking about this for a Surface device experience...
    But, it will be a long time before I can use PWA's for:
    The Mercedes Benz app.
    Tons of smarthome applications.
    Apps like the Akai music MPC production app.
    Apps like the Vance & Hines FP3 Big Twin tuner app for my Harley.
    These apps are definitely going to be possible in the future, but in 2019 the app gap will still not be anywhere near being solved. I'm not trying to be negative, rather realistic. But, I do believe this is progress, and I can't wait to see how much better these are vs typical web wrappers.
  • Want an app to tune your harlry, fine i'll make you one, but then you'd just say well it's not FP3. There is no app gap. Most of the apps people claim they need are here today gone tomorrow. Why should anyone be made to suffer the horrors of Android or iOS for that? 
  • "App gap solved"?  "horrors of Android"?  The ignorance is strong in you, and yes, I'm being snarky about it.  The app gap is THE main reason so many people moved on to iOS and Android.  I finally gave up on W10mo and went to Android.  After having absorbed the learning curve, I can say that Android is just fine, and it's such a breath of fresh air to actually have access to an app when you hear about one and are intrigued by the prospect of its mission.  And please spare me the superiority of Live Tiles.  MS left that feature at the gimmic stage.  I still use and like Win10 on the desktop, but am all in on Android on mobile.
  • You're right android, is amazing. The apps are just so stable, they never crash or anything. And I love how much battery gps uses, makes my phone hot, great feature for winter weather. And if I ever want an update all I need to do is plug it into a windows machine and then download some rooms and hope I don't brick my phone. Its great! And secure. When I download an app.from Google play I know it has no malicious code, Google is very good at checking for that stuff, they care. 
  • Are you talking about W10M or Android?
  • Just pointing out the fundamentals of Android are bad and if pwa gain traction many people would be ready to move away from the platform. I'll bet even Google is ready to abondon the platform. 
  • What app gap? This has arrived about two years too late to save W10M
  • Yeah and MS doesn't care for W10M anymore so should we.
  • Honestly it was always just a stepping stone. The plan from the beginning was to put windows on everything. That wasn't possible in the past but it's becoming a reality now. 
  • Hi 10past12Its not about W10M, it's about the Windows ecosystem. Every Windows device will benefit from this including Windows Core OS on Project Andromeda and Project Andromeda-inspired mobile devices.
  • Hi Jason, I've taken a break from reading WC but nice to see you're busy here. Reading this a cliche comes to mind: "The emperor has no clothes." In what universe is this good news for the Microsoft Store? Windows has a problem since Microsoft failed to establish a solid base in the mobile OS market. But, it's not a problem that's going to be solved by turning what is now a good desktop OS into a mediocre mobile OS. And that is what PWAs do. What is the Microsoft Store? Is it a portal to distribute applications designed specifically for Microsoft Windows? Or, is it a glorified web browser? That's what adding PWAs will turn the Microsoft Store into. I have no reason to visit the store as is, not out of malice but because the applications I need and want are all non-Microsoft Store apps. The few that I've tried have been disappointments because of the UWP interface. For example, IrfanView is a mainstay of mine. I've tried the UWP version and am annoyed by it. It's a half-baked interface compared to what you get with the desktop version of it, yet, compared to other UWP apps is so good that it has (rightly) earned a five star rating. Sure, it's convenient to have the Store auto-update but that's trivial. Adding PWAs to the mix is only going to make that worse. A PWA that appears in the App Store, or, even in the Play Store is there because the company doesn't (yet) have the budget to develop platform-specific apps. Is that really what you want in the Microsoft Store? Apps from smaller companies that can be found on any platform and run on any platform? Isn't that the whole problem that the Microsoft Store suffers from now? Apps from smaller companies that are filling gaps left by the big players who can't be bother to subject themselves to the Microsoft tax that they have to subject themselves to to distribute apps through the Microsoft Store. Segue: Now that I've upgraded my iPhone 4s (downright prehistoric) to a Galaxy S5 (close to retirement) I must admit that I'm using my Windows-based laptop less and less. First, the S5 running Android 7 is fast enough to handle most websites with grace. Second, with a 1080p screen packed into 5" the S5 is good enough for most tasks. Third, a bonus is that I don't have to sacrifice my privacy to Microsoft or subject myself to uncontrollable ads on my phone like I do on my Windows 10 desktop (yes, from day one of installing Lineage OS I haven't had ads on my phone). __I__ am Window's problem! Yes, me. I am a heavy duty desktop user. I earn my living with the aid of (Windows) desktops. But, aside from that core task of earning $$$ I'm finding that my PHONE is where I do most general purpose computing. And, over time I'm finding that some of my desktop tasks are transitioning to my phone. For example, it used to be that I would only read email on a phone. Now, I'm replying to email on the phone. To be honest, I only fired up my laptop because I saw an emperor walking around without clothes in this WC article. I figured it would take me to long to reply to the email that came through on my phone. Microsoft is doing well. I'm even starting to use Microsoft's software on Android (it's not as good as Google's but it's also not bad). Windows is different. Windows is going to have to find its niche in a post-desktop world. The rise of PWAs will allow Linux to continue to eat away at Windows. I've got my father on a Windows 10 laptop. But, in retrospect, the last time I set up a new computer for him (two years ago), I should have gone with Linux. It would've saved me headaches over the years and he would have actually been able to do more (I'm finding that Windows 10 simply isn't user-friendly to low tech people compared to macOS or some of the better designed Linux DEs)! Anyway, I digress. Windows has a Store problem and adding PWAs isn't going to fix it. Essentially Windows needs to make itself relevant today. By accepting its decline as the one-and-only OS with grace and fighting hard to stay useful. With PWAs Windows is chasing the market leaders, and who cares about the chasers. Either you have to be cheaper than the market leader or you have to be better than them to beat them. Windows is neither. It's not cheaper than free. And, it's also not better because the competition (iOS and Android) also have PWAs.
  • Yes because if there's one thing Google is know for it's protecting your privacy. And you're right, how dare MS is a small tile on your start screen to suggest an app every now and then. I feel like my rights have been violated! And it's impossible to turn that feature off if you don't like it. I mean first you have to right click, then select off, arggg!!!!
  • ""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."" Where have we heard this before?
    Microsoft Office is too complicated to be UWP.
    Microsoft need help to make it UWP.
    All the while they lied to developers and said porting programs to UWP was as easy as opening a web app.
  • You don't know anything about PWAs right?
  • You struggle with English right?
  • Look at yourself in the mirror and repeat what you said
  • Can't find that app in the store
  • Take your own advice, dude.
  • Future News Headlines:
    2020: Is Microsoft planning to kill PWA support?
    2022: In a latest tweet, Terry hints about Microsoft's plan to kill Surface Phone - the device with foldable screen.
    2024: Goodbye Windows! It has been a wonderful ride.
    2027: Nokia ready to buy Microsoft. Nadella steps down as CEO, will lead Nokia X series of Android smartphone.
  • What do you mean? PWAs can run on any browser. But if the browser does not support PWA capabilities, the PWA will behave like a normal website.
  • I don't think Vista, KitKat, Windows Phone 8.1, etc. will be very big in the future, so PWA's will do just fine.
  • That's funny, first you were lamenting that Microsoft was ignoring PWA. Then you rewrote your comment to complain that Microsoft will cut the feature. I guess you didn't read the article and just blindly copied and pasted whatever drivel the Apple/Google fanboy argument was today, but then realized your mistake and copied/pasted the next talking point on the list. So which is it, they are ignoring PWA or they are cutting it as a feature? They can't do both.
  • 2018: A new edition of Windows to run only web apps
  • 😂
  • 2018: Microsoft sells Xbox to Samsung
    2019: Microsoft sells Windows to Amazon
  • @InfoSage, I think you're right but not about the company. Amazon and Windows don't make sense. Amazon would be the death of Windows. But, to be successful I think Windows and Office need to be cut loose from Microsoft because Microsoft and its desktop software are going in two different directions. Apple has its own desktop OS so there's no point to buying Windows. It has to be a third party who's got an interest in a desktop OS. Perhaps a collaboration between Chinese computer manufacturers?
  • Seems to me like these will be very poor. These "apps" will not have any consistency with each other. Nothing better than a real app.
  • Curious on your take Zac: in what way does this benefit UWP? After all, these are just websites built on non-uwp apis.
  • SudoKode, Microsoft's PWAs can be a bit of UWP-PWA hybrid using Westminster. They will act as native UWP apps and will be able to have all of the features of native UWP apps. Windows 10, the OS will treat PWAs as native apps. Microsoft actually reached out to Google and to get a better understanding of the differences between what MS was doing with Westminster and what Google was doing with PWAs, and were resolved ro work with them if it made sense to move beyond JUST the Westminster app bridge approach, which they ultimately did. I talk about it a little here: PWAs the great equalizer
  • Thanks Jason. I hope that your analysis is correct and that pwas will be able to call into uwp apis (as your Microsoft contacts seems to suggest). Given this appears to be such a priority for Microsoft, I wonder what they envision is the use case for traditional native UWP applications. As a developer myself, I fear Microsoft's push of web apps will push developers to developer platform agnostic only applications, losing the benefits that only native apps can provide.
  • Developers pushing  for web applications was going to happen anyway. PWAs will only be for more simple task like bank apps, shopping apps etc, whereas UWP will be for complicated apps like Office and many UWP games. 
  • I will admit that I don't really understand PWA compared to traditional apps.  Will PWAs require internet connectivity to be functional or will there be PWAs that can work entirely or even in a hampered state without data connections?
  • Yeah, I've been following this PWA thing and I'm not exactly sure what it all means either.  If it leads to a lot more apps in the Windows store, then it's a good thing.  Especially if they can then put out another phone.  However, it's going to be really tough to get any traction on mobile without PWAs for Google Apps -- primarily Photos and Maps.
  • PWAs can work entirely without internet connectivity, can save data locally and can send notifications even when they don't run. But it depends on the developer and if he implements these features.
  • What little I understand of PWAs is that Google is going all in on them...
  • I keep hearing rumors about that, however, I will believe it when I see it that Google develops PWAs for Photos, Gmail, Maps, etc. that have the same functionality and capability of their existing Android Apps. 
  • Most of Google's "Go" apps for the lightweight android system are actually PWAs, you can even get google maps as a PWA already and it has your timeline and contributions so pretty full featured.  
  • I'm just WAY too stupid to even know what any of your (or the article) are talking about. Yes, I admit it. :-)
  • @kdk24z Move on. No rubber neckers allowed. You're looking at an accident scene and the cops are trying to figure out what happened :(. PWAs are little more than the next stage in the death throes of Windows as Microsoft's bread and butter. PWAs will do nothing to improve the reputation of the Microsoft (Windows) Store, which, in turn throws Microsoft's future plans in doubt. Microsoft needs to move its old style applications (Chrome, Photoshop, Office, etc.) over to Windows 10, but, both consumers and developers are resistant. Consumers don't particularly like "native" Windows 10 applications because they don't offer the same experience that people had with, say Windows 7. Developers really don't like it because Microsoft takes a 30% cut from distributing software via the Microsoft Store. For a $1 or $5 app that makes sense. Microsoft picks up the cost of maintaining a vast network of servers that distribute the software to 10s or 100s of thousands of customers. It offers built-in marketing for the successful smal companies. They'd never be able to afford that kind of exposure on their own. The story is different for professional developers of specialty software. For a $500 app that is a $150 fee. For what? Providing a download service while DILUTING your brand with all the noise that comes along with Microsoft Store? For a company like Adobe you're forking over 30% of you income to Microsoft. Take a look at what Adobe's got in the Microsoft Store. Adobe Photoshop Elements, their consumer grade software. $89 Canadian dollars. And, to show you how popular it is, there are ELEVEN (11) ratings in the Canadian version of the store. Yes, 11! Canada has a population of 37 million, larger than the US's largest state, California (which also happens to have CA as its two character abbreviation :). In a country slightly larger than California (a tenth of the US's population) Adobe, a major developer, managed to garner a total of ELEVEN ratings for its main software on the Microsoft/Windows Store (with only six at 5 stars and five at 3, 2 or 1 stars. NO ratings at 4 stars). Anyway, I'm tired of pointing out that the emperor has no clothes. Have a good night.
  • Does this mean all the apps MS built for competing platforms can finally run on windows 10 devices as well?
  • @adbolleman :) :) :). And, they'll be better than Microsoft's native Windows apps :).
  • I don't really understand the concept of PWAs going into the MS Store. You access PWAs by entering an address in a browser, just like you would for a standard website. Once PWAs are in the store, are they supposed to be more than a glorified bookmark? I have to be missing something here.
  • Yeah, they are actually supposed to utilize components of the OS like a real app. Think notifications and Live Tiles.
  • @bj2386 "Once PWAs are in the store, are they supposed to be more than a glorified bookmark? I have to be missing something here." That's what I don't get about this cockamamie scheme. Microsoft Store is already completely ignored because it's developed a reputation for being the home of the irrelevant or smaller developers. Now, all you're going to do is add MORE small or irrelevant developers developing primarily for OTHER platforms to Microsoft Store, further harming the Store's reputation. A PWA is written first-and-foremost for iOS. That is your most valuable market, by a wide margin.Then you target Android, a larger market than iOS, but also a crowded one. And, then, the developer contemplates... "Is there another OS I need to worry about?" "macOS. Linux. Windows." "Oh, yeah, I've got a PWA. Great. It'll run on anything with Chrome as a browser." "macOS. Check." "Windows. Check." "Linux. Check." "Windows 10S. No Chrome? Too bad. Suckers."  
  • I'm sick of these js heavy and slow web apps, hopefully will help to populate the store, and later will can have native, fast and light uwp apps
  • "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." Wow. I'm actually impressed.
  • So sad that this could have actually helped W10M, at least for the users it already had.
  • I already can't find anything that I know is in the MS Store. Their search engine is simply horrible.
  • @Gregorius Magnus It astounds me how bad the MS Store app is. It's like the developers have never actually tried to use their own product. The search engine is so bad that I've had to resort to using GOOGLE to search for a particular item in Chrome and then clicking on the link. I can't remember what it was but there was an app I simply could not find through the MS Store app. Searching for it in Chrome turned up the direct link and I was able to view it in the MS Store app by clicking on it. Or, open up the app and start typing. You'd expect that the focus would be on the textbox for Search. Nope. I don't know where the focus is but it's definitely not in the expected place... and, that brings me back to ALL UWP apps. Their interface is designed for touch screens first while the vast majority of us Windows users (including those of us with touch screens) use our DESKTOPS with MICE and KEYBOARDS, not FINGERS. That's perhaps the biggest reason UWP has received such a lacklustre response by users. They're expecting a quality KEYBOARD and MOUSE centric experience but instead get touch shoe-horned onto the desktop with touch being the most important paradigm. Whatever. I'm using my mobile device (Android for now) more and more instead of my Windows desktop. And, I can talk about having been an adult for more than two decades so I'm rather late to the whole mobile device craze.
  • So, here is an example of a PWA that I tried on my Windows 10 phone: I assume that PWA support is not yet available on my phone. Even so, this web app runs very fast and is more accurate at finding my location and nearest store than even the Starbucks app that we used to have. When I pinned it to my start page, it allowed me to use larger tiles, following the look of Windows 10. Have any of you found other good examples we can try out?
  • has a few examples.
  • Thank you BonzeUK, very good share.
  • Trivago is very good and was lauded a lot at Google's PWA seminars last autumn.
  • Just tried the Starbucks one out. Definitely faster than native app when navigating. Thanks for tip.
  • Gimme a link to that wallpaper yo
  • I see Peter West posted Starbucks as a website that has a PWA. I'm curious if there are other popular websites that use progressive web apps. The only one I've come across was the website used to track the OKC Marathon last spring. The race tracker app is embedded in the page located at However, if that URL is opened from Edge Mobile, it forwards to the address, which is the actual PWA itself.
  • @zac what wallpaper is that? 
  • Can't wait to see what type of pwas will be added like banking, school, even gaming, etc