Web apps have been a staple of browsers like Google Chrome for some time now, and they should get even more useful with an update coming soon.
Using an application in your web browser has made it much easier for those who just want to go to one place on their PC to access their most used applications; Google with its Chromebooks is all about this, for example.
Using Google Chrome to access your documents, bitcoin stocks, social media channels, and more all in one place is appealing to many. However, web applications should benefit from even more useful improvements in the coming months.
Multi-window web applications
Instead of an app installed on your PC, it runs on a web server instead, accessible through a shortcut on your web browser. Almost no space is used on your hard drive, the only requirement is an internet connection.
But with increasingly sophisticated mobile technologies and speeds, that means Google can take a web application a step further.
Google is currently working on a method for a web application to generate multiple windows in the same browser, called Desktop PWA Sub Apps. It’s more aimed at productivity suites like Microsoft Office and Google Docs, where you can run multiple apps in the same browser, each working with each other.
This feature may also have its own icon on your taskbar, which might make it look like an app installed on your PC. At this time, it is not available in any version of Google Chrome, but it is likely to appear very soon.
The invisible Symbiote
With web apps on the verge of getting more sophisticated, this challenges Microsoft’s efforts with apps on its side. It’s common knowledge that its own Microsoft Store is a mess, filled with a lot of poorly designed apps. However, with a web browser, it’s now easier than ever to install a suite of apps in one place, without having to search for a separate store for your needs.
With multiple windows on the horizon, there might be some form of ultimate irony where users will soon be installing web apps on their browsers rather than their local Program Files folder.
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