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.
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.
At the moment of this writing, Edge versions are as follows:
- Beta Channel: 220.127.116.11
- Dev Channel: 18.104.22.168
- Canary Channel: 22.214.171.124
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.
- Microsoft Edge Chromium Canary Features Dark Mode Improvements
- Show Icon Only for Bookmark in Microsoft Edge Chromium
- Autoplay Video Blocker is coming to Microsoft Edge Chromium
- Microsoft Edge Chromium is Receiving New Tab Page Customization Options
- Enable Microsoft Search in Microsoft Edge Chromium
- Grammar Tools Are Now Available in Microsoft Edge Chromium
- Microsoft Edge Chromium Now Follows System Dark Theme
- Here’s how Microsoft Edge Chromium looks on macOS
- Microsoft Edge Chromium now installs PWAs in the root of the Start menu
- Enable Translator in Microsoft Edge Chromium
- Microsoft Edge Chromium Dynamically Changes Its User Agent
- Microsoft Edge Chromium Warns When Running as Administrator
- Change Search Engine In Microsoft Edge Chromium
- Hide or Show Favorites Bar in Microsoft Edge Chromium
- Install Chrome Extensions in Microsoft Edge Chromium
- Enable Dark Mode in Microsoft Edge Chromium
- Chrome Features Removed and Replaced by Microsoft in Edge
- Microsoft Released Chromium-based Edge Preview Versions
- Chromium-Based Edge to Support 4K and HD Video Streams
- Microsoft Edge Insider extension now available in Microsoft Store
- Hands-on with the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge
- Microsoft Edge Insider Addons Page Revealed
- Microsoft Translator is Now Integrated with Microsoft Edge Chromium
Source: Windows Latest
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