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Chrome to get Web Share API support on Desktop

Google Chrome is getting support for web sharing APIs. The appropriate feature has made its first appearance in the Canary channel. This will allow you to share, let's say, an image on any web site from the context menu using the native 'Share' dialog in Windows 10, and transfer it to any app that supports this modern sharing technology.

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With the Web Share API, web apps are able to use the same system-provided share capabilities as native apps. The Web Share API makes it possible for web apps to share links, text, and files to other apps installed on the device in the same way as native apps.

The Web Share API support is implemented in Chrome on Android, and now it is coming to the desktop. The appropriate flag, as spotted by GeekerMag, is already available in Canary, and it suggests that the feature will be available on Windows and Chrome OS.

Besides the implementation in the browser, it requires that a web site to support Web Share API, too.

Web Share API in Google Chrome on Desktop

To activate the feature, you need to be using Chrome Canary. After installing and running it, type the following in the address bar:

chrome://flags/#web-share

Enable the flag by selecting Enabled next to the Web Share flag name, and restart the browser.

Google Chrome Web Share API Flag

Now, to give it a try, visit this page: https://mdn.github.io/dom-examples/web-share/.

It is expected to open the modern Share dialog of Windows 10. However, as of now, the feature is a work-in-progress, so the browser tab is crashes instead.

With the help of this new functionality, you soon will be able to share web page URL, text, images, and other media with your contacts and installed Store apps. It will be also possible to share the content using Nearby Share in Windows 10 PC that uses Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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