The Progress of Web Apps

Progressive Web Applications (PWAs) are a form of web-based mobile applications that make possible the development of web standards and browser functionality. A PWA is roughly the one that can be used for advanced offline web and offline mobile applications. In short: PWAs are faster, easier, more universal, more personalized and offline.

PWAs have been around for a long time, but what about technology? What is happening and what are the future trends of the PWA? Here is the key look.


Google’s free and open source Chromium web browser is one of the hubs behind the development of progressive web applications. According to PWA Tech Lead Dominick Ng, PWA has become a cornerstone of Google’s efforts to help developers create a stronger, more engaging and useful user experience for their users.

PWAs enable native-like functions without losing the benefits of being online, and Google is working to expand its network capabilities to make PWAs a universal and powerful platform (not only for content consumption, but also for creation and productivity). , and games on both mobile and desktop.

The Fugu project, for example, is standardized with new APIs, with new, powerful, indirect, and standardized devices. They are developing new capabilities, while at the same time paying close attention to security and privacy.

In other words, the development of PWAs does not in any way slow or stop them; Google and many developers are still investing time and effort into the Chromium project.


As determined by The Verge, Microsoft’s Edge web browser is evolving into Chromium. While this may be exciting news, for our purposes, it will probably mean that Edge and other Microsoft services are more PWA compliant, thus driving further PWA development.


Microsoft is not the only big player to get on the PWA train; Apple is also making progress. Maximiliano Firtman for mobile and web developer got new features of PWA with iOS version 12.2.

The dismissal dealt with issues with iOS with PWA, upload effect, and OAuth sessions. We recommend reading Firtman’s full piece on Medium, where he compiles a key list before delving into the technical depths.


Not only has Microsoft become Edge Chromium, Redmond’s company is actively maintaining PWA’s presence in the Microsoft store. Sending progressive web applications to the Microsoft Store constantly has several benefits: firstly, PWAs see nearly 700 million viewers of active Windows 700 users.

Other benefits of PWA presence in the Microsoft Store include reliability, easy installation and business acumen.


A roundabout way to discover the true features of today’s web platform is to use the service that Adam Bar can now do on the Internet. This web site displays the camera and microphone, native behavior, unique experience, environment, input, location and location, features of the device and many other categories whether or not your web platform supports these features.

Use your phone when accessing the site to understand whether or not your mobile platform currently supports it.

If you want to make sure you’re keeping up to date with all the latest PWA news and developments, enter Slack in the Progressive Web Apps workspace. This is a meeting place with over 1,900 developers and you can ask questions about PWAs.

For the computer


Chrome is often represented as a browser at the forefront of PWA support, and Google has remained the focus of Chrome. In 2018, Chrome 70 enabled PWA to support Windows installation. Then, in 2019, Linux support was added for Chrome 72 and Chrome 73 for macOS.

Chrome 76 added the PWAs install button to the URL bar, making the installation process much more visible and less invasive.

Apps that don’t need all of Electron’s native APIs are good candidates to do so, because they can ignore bundle size and long-term memory cost.


Unfortunately, installing PWAs is not yet supported on the Firefox desktop. However, this is definitely something to keep track of throughout the year (see this Bugzilla thread).

However, service personnel may be registered to keep your site offline and provide push notifications when the tab is closed.

Windows 10 / Edge

Historically, Windows has not been a platform for many web developers. However, Microsoft turned another leaf with the release of Edge with Windows 10. Both versions provided much better support for the new web standards. In 2020, the status quo is very bright: PWAs can not be installed separately from the Edge browser, but can also be distributed on a Windows Store. In addition, service personnel have been sponsored since 2017.

It is known that the Chromium version of Microsoft Edge (now beta) will soon be using the EdgeHTML release in the first quarter of 2020. While many may have concerns about the decline of competing engine browsers, this is undeniable. PWA will benefit from this, as Edge will then have strong support for Chrome’s PWA.

To access the Microsoft Store, PWAs can automatically browse through Bing or submit manually. You can read more in the official Microsoft PWA Guide.


2020 will be a great year for Web Application Development. The improvements listed in the previous sections allow companies and developers who invest PWA functionality to spend time on their applications (service staff, offline support, ability to add home screen, etc.) are confident that investments will pay off. off.

PSPDFKit has always seen great potential in Web Progressive Apps, and it’s great to get better year after year. Those interested with PWA who use PSPDFKit can upload documents, including offline and installed screen support, to view the GitHub project or hosted version.


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