Google Nearly Solved Windows 10’s App Problem with a Single Browser Update
Back in 2012, Microsoft released Windows 8, which was essentially the company’s first modern operating system coming with support for a brand-new Microsoft Store.
This Store, which at the time of the Windows 8 launch only comprised some 5,000 apps, was supposed to provide access to software that was malware-free and specifically optimized to adapt to different screen resolutions, with the focus also put on touch input.
Windows RT, the platform that Microsoft launched as the foundation of the Surface RT, was in its turn expected to benefit from this Microsoft Store, as apps published here were developed to run on any device, no matter the size or the screen resolution.
This push for Microsoft Store apps has failed and since then, Microsoft has been trying to tackle the lack of apps with various concepts, including universal apps (UWP) developed for all modern Windows devices, and more recently, Progressive Web Apps (PWA).
The idea behind a PWA is quite simple: web… (read more)