Microsoft and Google join hands to improve Progressive Web Apps

Google and Microsoft have joined hands for the next generation of Progressive Web Apps (PWAs). Microsoft is extending its support for PWAs beyond Android. The decision was confirmed in a post over Medium. The collaboration will improve how web apps run across Android, desktop and web.

Microsoft’s Judah Gabriel Himango has confirmed the news in a Medium post. The move comes at a strategic time since Microsoft’s Surface Duo will be out in the market later this year. The announcement said, “We’re glad to announce a new collaboration between Microsoft and Google for the benefit of the web developer community. Microsoft’s PWABuilder and Google’s Bubblewrap are now working together to help developers publish PWAs in the Google Play Store.”

The PWABuilder tool by Microsoft will make it easier to create apps. The tool can take advantage of new features including those for notifications and things like extended long-press features or web shortcuts.

The partnership between Microsoft and Google makes turning a website into a PWA easier than before. Developers can use the PWABuilder tool and export APK packages. The same APK can be uploaded to Google Play Store. The Bubblewrap utility and library includes new web shortcuts and deeper push notifications for visual customisation.

Microsoft said that expanded features don’t require more efforts to implement. It will take a while before you see apps making use of new features. The app creators are recommended to use Microsoft’s toolkit. Android developers can use these features to create Android-friendly web apps instead of pointing people to generic apps inside a browser.

Apart from this, Microsoft is also working with Google on Project Fugu. The initiative will incubate web platform features with PWA front and centre. The progressive web apps will be at the core in this collaboration as well.