Edge Receives Tight PWA Integration with Windows Shell

Yet another Progressive Web Apps platform improvement made its appearance in the Canary branch of Microsoft Edge. There is a new flag that will enable tight PWA Integration into the Windows shell.

The flag is called Web Apps Identity Proxy (#edge-web-apps-identity proxy), when enabled, will make PWAs behave more like native Windows apps. They will get their own names in notifications instead of just "Microsoft Edge", and will also properly named in Edge task manager. Some more improvements like individual jump lists are also expected.

Edge PWA Proxy Flag

Unfortunately, this flag doesn't work as of now. I didn't notice any change after enabling it. You can track the following thread to learn more about the flag and the feature state.

Thanks to Leo for this tip!

Microsoft Edge Channels

Microsoft is currently using three channels to deliver updates to Edge Insiders. The Canary channel receives updates daily (except Saturday and Sunday), the Dev channel is getting updates weekly, and the Beta channel is updated every 6 weeks. The stable channel is also on its way to users. You can find the actual Insider Preview versions at the end of this post. The stable version of Microsoft Edge is expected to be released on on January 15, 2020.

Actual Microsoft Edge Versions

The actual pre-release versions of Edge Chromium at the moment of this writing are as follows:

I have covered many Edge tricks and features in the following post:

Hands-on with the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge

Also, see the following updates.

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