Microsoft explains why they are interested in PWAs

In a new developer web series, Microsoft developer evangelist Aaron Gustafson explained Microsoft’s interest in Progressive Web Apps (PWAs).

While admitting that PWAs were mainly about mobile, Gustafson explained that Microsoft have always been interested in letting developers create apps using web technologies, dating back to Windows 8, and that ultimately Microsoft wanted to let developers use the technologies they wish to use while giving Microsoft Store users access to the results of their efforts.

Gustafson, of course, did not make any controversial claims but ultimately it comes down to emphasis – yes, Microsoft wishes to make life easy for developers, but I suspect they would have been less aggressive about ingesting and supporting PWAs (to the extent of automatically harvesting them from the web) if developers supported their native technologies better.

Thanks, Sirfacefone for the tip.

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