Google has been the largest promoter of PWAs. The progressive web apps basically web apps or services that behave like native apps. Microsoft has recently joined the bandwagon of creating PWAs of its services. The company wants to support PWAs in overall Windows 10 and Edge browser.
Microsoft team has confirmed that it will be turning Outlook.com and Outlook for Web into PWAs. Any Outlook user can install the web app on Windows, ChromeOS, MacOS, and other platforms that offer native PWA support. These apps can also be used as an alternative to the cluttered Outlook app on Windows PC or the Windows Mail client that ships with Windows 10 OS.
While PWAs are essentially loading the web components, they are extremely lightweight and fast. These apps include better caching, notifications, and background functionality that appears like traditional apps. Microsoft started adopting PWAs for Windows last year.
Earlier this week, Microsoft also put out a call for developers that want to be early adopters of new common model that the company is building to support dual-screen Windows and Android devices. Microsoft claims that the native app developers will be able to work with common model that is layered onto existing platform tools, and frameworks.
The company is also experimenting with supporting Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Calendar in Outlook.com. If you are using Chrome browser, you can easily install Outlook.com from the address bar and it will be treated like it’s a native app.