Progressive Web Apps, or PWAs, are a new kind of app. They are websites or web apps that you can open in seperate windows much the same as native Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps. The first PWAs have already rolled out in MS Store, and Twitter Inc has also joined the Progressive Web App bandwagon with the release of a PWA version of Twitter. Now the company has confirmed that it is abandoning support for the UWP Twitter.
A post on the Twitter blog states, “We encourage everyone to update the Windows app as soon as you update your OS as previous versions will no longer be available for download starting today and no longer supported starting June 1st.”
Consequently, Twitter Inc is now only supporting the PWA app on Windows 10 versions 1709 (Fall Creators Update) or 1803 (Windows 10 April 2018 Update). Thus, the UWP Twitter is falling by the wayside from June 1.
As such, Twitter Inc is no longer supporting the Twitter app for Windows builds that predate the Fall Creators Update. So Windows Phone 7, 8 and 8.1 users can not utilize a first-party Twitter client on their mobiles from June onwards. Furthermore, Twitter will not be supported on Windows 10 Mobile and desktop 1703 versions or earlier. As such, the company is effectively curtailing Twitter for most Windows Phone platforms.
The Twitter PWA is replacing the alternative UWP app as of June 1. The publisher has optimized the new Twitter app for the Windows 10 April 2018 Update that is now rolling out. The latest Twitter app will include an extended 280 character limit, a tweet bookmarking option and revamped Explore tab.
Even though there is a PWA Twitter app for the latest Windows 10 Mobile build, that platform does not fully support Progressive Web Apps. It lacks some of the technologies required for PWAs that the April 2018 Update provides for Windows 10 desktop. Thus, the PWA Twitter for Windows 10 Mobile does not have the same native integration as the UWP Twitter client.
So Twitter Inc is now sidelining its app on Windows Phone. The new Twitter PWA will primarily be an app for update Windows 10 desktops and laptops.
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