Microsoft Edge gets web apps features to be like native apps on Windows 10

Chromium Edge will include features to make web apps feel like native modern desktop apps on Windows 10.

Chromium Edge PWA features

The new version of Microsoft Edge based on the Chromium engine will have a deep integration with Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) allowing web apps to install and behave like native modern apps on Windows 10.

The integration was first spotted at the Microsoft Tech Community site, where a user pointed out a new “Web Apps Identity Proxy” flag in the advanced settings of Chromium Edge (Canary), which described the feature as “enables installed web apps to be created with modern Windows application identity for better integration with the Windows shell.”

While the flag didn’t fully clarify the feature, John Jansen, an employee from Microsoft, replied to the post saying that the feature enables web apps in the next version of Windows 10 (referring to Windows 10 version 2004) to appear in the desktop as native apps.

This means that Progressive Web Apps will not only behave as desktop apps, but they’ll be easy to uninstall. They will show up in Task Manager under their own names, and many other features, such as notifications, custom labels, etc. John also explained, that “in the future, apps should then get badges and unique jump lists as well.”  

It’s yet unclear when the PWAs features will be fully integrated, but it signals a waves of new apps coming to Windows 10.