"Downloadable" Websites Or PWAs For Windows 10 Are Coming To Microsoft Store


Windows 10 now allows for HDR video playback to be switched on under Settings Apps Video playback, and there's a new calibration tool to help you tune the way HDR video appears on your PC.

Microsoft has released a new Windows 10 Redstone 4 Insider Preview build (aka Windows 10 Spring Creators Update) and if any of us thought the development phase was nearly finished, we were definitely wrong.

Microsoft's previous Windows 10 test build, 17083, included a new telemetry data utility called the Diagnostic Data Viewer.

Microsoft also made a few Windows Subsystem for Linux updates in 17093, including the ability to make WSL more configurable using wsl.conf and the ability to communicate between WSL and Windows applications over Unix sockets. The main events are some new graphics options and, for Windows 10 S users, a way to go completely password free.

Microsoft is closing in on finalizing the Redstone 4 build of Windows 10. The firm has already combed through some 1.5 million web apps to pick out a small selection of PWAs for initial testing.

Microsoft's forthcoming Teams client app will be a PWA, and ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley predicts that Microsoft will choose PWA over native apps for many other releases in future.

These apps will run in a sandboxed AppX container in Windows 10 and won't carry any browser window.

Microsoft announced that Windows Developer Day is back! Developers would be able to monetize their apps, access telemetry data, and respond to reviews and comments. Additionally, developers will be provided with the option to submit their own PWAs for inclusion in the Microsoft Store.

PWA capabilities will not be limited in scope compared to the Universal Windows Platform Apps found in the store today, and will have access to the full suite of WinRT APIs. Progressive Web Apps (not to be confused with Android's native "Instant Apps") use relatively fresh new web technologies to make websites work better offline or with intermittent connections, and often mimic native features like push notifications.

Microsoft outlines the simple process for adding PWAs to the Microsoft Store.