Google’s Chrome browser has developed into somewhat of an operating in itself, and that’s on Windows, not Chromebooks, and this includes having its own notification system for web apps and websites.
That has made Chrome not the best citizen on Windows, but it seems that is about to change, as Chrome will soon include a flag which lets users opt to receive their web app notifications in the Action Centre, and not using Google’s own UI.
On the Chromium blog Chrome engineer Peter Beverloo writes:
Windows Native Notifications: Enable flag toggling on Windows.
This allows the user to manually opt into using Windows native notifications instead of Chrome’s version of the notifications.
Note: This flag is ignored on versions of Windows old enough not to support native notifications.
This concession to the fact that in much of the west Windows 10 is the most used operating system raises hopes that Google may someday consider uploading Chrome to the Microsoft Store, though of course, this would require policy changes on Microsoft’s part.
Will our readers enable this feature when it becomes available, or do you prefer to keep your web apps separate from your PC apps? Let us know below.