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New Microsoft Edge feature will make it easier to install your favorite PWAs

Microsoft Edge Update Dev New
Microsoft Edge Update Dev New (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft is testing a feature for Edge that simplifies the process of installing progressive web apps across different devices.
  • After you have installed a PWA on one device, you will see an option to install it on other devices with a single click.
  • The Apps section in the browser's menu will also show "available apps" that you've installed on other devices.

An upcoming feature for Microsoft Edge will allow you to install your favorite Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) with a single click. After you install PWAs on one device, you'll see a list of available apps when browsing the web on other devices. Each of these available apps appears next to an install button. This should make it easier to get your favorite PWAs onto all of your devices.

The option, which is in testing on Edge Canary, was first spotted by Leo Varela, who shared screenshots of the feature on Reddit.

People will be able to view their available apps on the settings page within the Apps section as well as through the ellipsis menu for Edge. In both cases, you'll be able to manage your favorite progressive web apps with just a few clicks.

As is the case with many Edge features, this new experience is in a controlled rollout. That means that even if you have the latest build of Edge Canary, you may not see the feature at this time.

Sean Endicott
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Sean Endicott brings nearly a decade of experience covering Microsoft and Windows news to Windows Central. He joined our team in 2017 as an app reviewer and now heads up our day-to-day news coverage. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com (opens in new tab).

3 Comments
  • By "devices" do you really mean Windows PC's only? As I don't see this on edge mobile.
  • And when do we finally get the ability to block this malware?
    I don't even use PWAs and the so-called trusted web activities and service workers from a website I visited 6 months ago stays active. No thanks.
    Besides, PWAs don't actually offer anything a normal native app can't already do, so there is no reason to allow this crap in the first place.
  • " stays active." They don't have to; you can dial that down in the settings or via other means. You're being overly dramatic.
    On balance, it's a great feature/option for many; just because you don't use it doesn't mean it's crap.
    Malware, please...