Windows 10 Redstone 5 to Bring New Display Options for Progressive Web Apps
Microsoft has been trying for way too long to tackle the lack of apps on its modern Windows platform, and the company will give another try to this with the release of the Redstone 5 update in the fall.
Progressive Web Apps (or PWA) launched in Windows 10 April 2018 Update, and they essentially come down to web apps running on a Windows 10 device just like a native app, without an Internet connection required. Using Service Workers, PWAs can mimic a UWP app in almost every regard, and they even support features like Live Tiles and notifications.
With the release of Redstone 5, Microsoft plans to push the concept of PWA one step forward. As Neowin notes, the company announced in a session at the Build 2018 developer conference that it’s working on two new display modes for PWAs in order to enhance the experience with these apps.
Two new display modes
First, it’s going to be the full-screen mode. As compared to a traditional full-screen setting that expands a specific app to the entire screen, this new option will actually eliminate on-screen controls, like the back button that’s currently displayed in the April 2018 Update.
Second, Microsoft is preparing a minimal UI setting that instead would bring more navigation controls like back, forward, and refresh. This particular setting shows that PWAs are first and foremost web apps powered by a browser engine. The cited source says you’ll still be allowed to select the controls that you want to see on screen.
Windows 10 Redstone 5 is projected to launch in the fall. According to Microsoft’s typical release schedule, Redstone 5 will be finalized in September, ahead of the public launch in October. Needless to say, everything can change in the meantime, especially in terms of features, as it all depends on how the development process advances in the coming months.