Microsoft is moving its Microsoft Edge browser into the Chromium era. Through the release of Windows 10 May 2020 Update, the browser is replacing the legacy version, which is now depreciated. One new tool Chromium Edge is receiving is the ability to run Progressive Web Apps (PWA)s from Startup.
This tool is available on Windows and Mac and, yes, it is already available on Google Chrome. That was one of the reasons Microsoft Edge moved to Chromium. Both Edge and Chrome can now share features and Microsoft and Google can collaborate on building functionality into both browsers.
As Microsoft tries to entice Windows users to the new Microsoft Edge with ads, features like this are important. Certainly, the ability to even use PWAs was not available on the legacy Edge. The ability has limited to testers on the Canary preview channel and is now supported in Windows 10 May 2020 Update.
Microsoft is throwing its weight behind PWAs on Windows and Edge. Some abilities Microsoft has introduced include custom tile bars, and transitioning some web services to PWA. With the new “Run on OS login” ability does what it says on the tin, allows PWAs to run when Windows 10 or Mac starts.
Now that Microsoft is no longer supporting the legacy Edge app, the company is making it easier for Windows users to install the browser.
Through the release of the KB4541301, KB4541302, KB4559309 updates, the new Microsoft Edge Chromium experience is available on Windows versions 1803, 1809, 1903, 1909, and of course 2004. Users can download the browser via Windows Update.