Chrome 70 enables you to install Progressive Web Apps on Windows. Whenever you visit any website with PWA such as Spotify or Twitter, you can fix it to make it behave like a regular app of the desktop. Progressive Web Apps are apps that behave like native apps. You can install then to give them a shortcut on your PC. They can be loaded quickly, run offline and show you notifications.
What are Desktop Progressive Web Apps
Desktop progressive web apps can be installed on the gadget just like the native apps. They are fast as they are launched in the same way as the other apps. Mobile has gone through an evolution of Progressive Web Apps. Although the growth of mobile has been irresistible, desktop usage is no less. Desktop Progressive Apps can be downloaded from the same place as other, other desktop apps. As they run in an app window, they appear like other apps on the desktop.
For installing a PWA, you need to go to the website that offers one. Very few websites currently offer PWAs. Twitter offers PWA that uses interface of mobile. Spotify Web Player proposes a PWA at hidden address. When you are at a site that provides PWA, just:
- Tap menu.
- Install the App.
- For instance, you can see the Twitter Mobile site.
- Tap Menu.
- Install Twitter.
- For Spotify.
- Go to the Spotify PWA address.
- Tap Install.
- Tap Spotify.
- If you can’t see any such option, the website you are visiting is not offering a PWA because most of the sites doesn’t.
- You will be induced to install the app on your PC.
- Tap Install.
How to uninstall PWA?
To uninstall PWA,
- At the top of app’s window, tap the menu button.
- Tap Uninstall (Name of the App)
Twitter app is the same PWA that is offered to you when you install it. If you install it through the store on Windows 10. Google beat Microsoft here. Microsoft Edge Browser doesn’t have any other way to install PWA from the web. You need to download them through the Store app. It quite an easy way for Microsoft to increase its app store on the Windows. Support for installable PWAs has been available for long and is coming to Linux and macOS with Chrome 72.
Olivia Jones is a self-professed security expert; she has been making the people aware of the security passion is to write about Cyber security, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. He writes for Norton security products at norton.com/setup.