Chrome’s new PWAs integration will boost your productivity

by Alexandru Poloboc
Alexandru Poloboc
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  • Google is hard at work, improving the way users will be able to multitask in Windows 10.
  • Desktop PWA Sub Apps allows for each PWAs to use their own standalone windows.
  • The current build that is being tested by Google does not work on Canary builds for now.
  • Google also plans to speed up navigation process, by perfecting a faster browsing experience.
Google Chrome web apps

In their quest to improve web apps experience on Windows 10, as well as other desktop platforms, Microsoft and Google have teamed up and started brainstorming.

The plan is to include a new feature, addressed to PWAs specifically, dubbed Desktop PWA Sub Apps, in one of the newer versions of the Chrome browser.

Productivity for PWAs is going to be improved by Google

The plan, according to Google, is to greatly improve the performance and productivity of office and business suite, such as Google Office and Microsoft Office, on Windows 10.

Furthermore, the new PWA feature targets an improvement of the overall experience, by giving users the opportunity to have each feature in its own individual window.

Having the possibility to run these apps in standalone windows actually means that PWAs will run with dedicated process and presence on taskbar or dock.

Without wasting any time, Google has started running tests for the support of this new feature, with an experimental flag called Sub Apps. For the moment it doesn’t work in the current Canary builds.

Google Chrome will become even faster

Besides the project we mentioned above, Google is also perfecting a faster browsing experience. This will be achieved, as they stated, by using a back-forward cache.

This browser feature will enhance user experience by keeping a page alive after you navigates away from it and reuses it for session history navigation, in order to make the navigation instant.

Keep in mind that the pages in the cache are frozen and do not run any javascript.

This feature is already available for Android and, with version 92 of Google Chrome, it will become available for Windows, macOS, and Linux desktops.

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