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Outlook.com and “on the Web” Become PWAs

Microsoft has made a Progressive Web App option available on Outlook.com and Outlook on the Web in preview.


On Monday, a report suggested had converted its email app for Office 365 users was becoming a Progressive Web App (PWA). Later, Thurrott also reported that the consumer version of the same service, , is also getting the PWA treatment.

Outlook on the Web is for commercial users on Office 365, while Outlook.com is a consumer fronted version.

The PWA trail started when user reports emerged suggesting Outlook on the Web had an “Install” button for a PWA version. Thurrott checked the reports and sure enough, the button was there. A quick look on Outlook.com showed the same install button in place.

It is worth noting the change seems to only be available on the Microsoft Canary channel. The Beta channel is not yet showing the change. That means it will be some time before the PWA choice comes to Beta.

A PWA is a regular web page that can be used like a traditional or mobile application. They load like a regular page but can offer things like offline support, launching from the home screen, and push notifications.

Google Integration

This is the second piece of significant Outlook.com news in as many weeks. Last week, Microsoft announced full Google app integration on the client.

Specifically, Gmail, Calendar, and Google Drive will be available directly in Outlook on the web. Users can link their Google Account to Outlook.com, allowing, Gmail, Drive documents, and Google Calendar to appear in Microsoft's client.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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