Microsoft Edge Chromium Will Allow Uninstalling PWAs as Desktop Apps

During the development of Microsoft Edge, Microsoft is actively participating in the Chromium project. Their recent commit to the Chromium code base will allow Progressive Web Apps to add a record to the Windows Registry for easy uninstall of PWAs, simplifying the app management process.


Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) are web apps that use modern web technologies. They can be launched on the Desktop and look like native apps. While PWAs are hosted on the Internet, the user can create a special shortcut to launch them like a regular app, or install them in Windows 10 using Microsoft Store.

Besides the Microsoft Store app, Windows users can use the Chrome browser and certain Chromium-based browsers. The browser allows installing Progressive Web Apps using its main menu. When the browser detects a PWA on a web site, it allows installing it.

The installed apps will run in their own Chrome window. The Chrome address bar and other browser UI elements are hidden in this mode, so the app only has a title bar.

With recent changes, PWAs installed from the Edge browser will now appear in the root folder of the Start menu. Previously, they could be found in a subfolder named "Edge Apps".

The PWAs generated by new Edge or even Chrome may soon feel more native on Windows 10. A new commit reveals a new option that will integrate PWAs into Control Panel or Settings app, so that you can uninstall the PWAs like a native app.

As of now, PWAs generated by Chromium-based browsers can't be uninstalled like native Windows 10 apps. You have to use their own menu for that.

Uninstall PWA In Chrome

The mentioned change will allow PWAs on Windows 10 to be uninstalled from the Settings or Control Panel. The change goes live in recent Edge Canary builds, and the company is interested in bringing the same feature to other Chromium-based browsers.

Uninstall PWA In Edge


At the moment of this writing, Edge versions 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.

Source: Windows Latest

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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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