Google Chrome's Progressive Web Applications Can Now Be Uninstalled from Microsoft Windows

Google has been an advocate for Progressive Web Applications (PWAs) and using it in all of its desktop applications like Google photos, Google Maps and Google Contacts for a while now but Microsoft Engineers at Windows in collaboration with Google Chrome have recently made an effort to change the Chrome in Windows and modify it so that it is able to work like a native app in one aspect that is: uninstalling the applications.

Sorry! Did I go too fast up there? Here you go if you don’t know what PWA is.

PWAs are basically Java Script framework that work like a native app and has an icon that can be added on your screens, but unlike the native apps it is not fully combined with your operating system hence cannot be uninstalled as it is website based. Therefore, it can be termed as a hybrid between applications and web pages.

Coming back to the point. Recently a news came in that Windows 10 users may be provided with the resource to uninstall the PWAs similar to how they uninstall the traditional native applications on a desktop by either through the Control Panel or via Settings. The feature is currently hidden and unavailable to the users, but if everything goes according to plan, it would soon be presented for the general public use in no time.

But why did Google and Microsoft suddenly decide to add a feature like this?

This isn’t a hasty decision which was announced just suddenly, but software engineers at Microsoft are working on this for about a year. The uninstalling option has been available in Edge for almost a year now and since then the Chromium Developers have tried to install a same feature in Chrome. This plan has been in action for the past year when in June 2019 Google clarified its thought on letting PWAs to be given an uninstalled option via Control Panel or Setting like the normal traditional native apps and Microsoft committed to a project that adds an “Uninstall Registry Entry” in Widows registry but was delayed when the Chromium Branch was abandoned where it was being developed but has now been revived with Chrome 86.

The thought process is still in action, but hopefully in no time this feature would be available for the use of the general public. Once the application feature is successfully installed and is running it would be as easy to uninstall the Progressive Web Applications (PWAs) as it is to uninstall normal traditional applications.

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