Last week we reported the arrival of third-party Uber and YouTube PWAs on the Microsoft Store. As exciting it was, unfortunately, both the apps have now been taken down today.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise since both the apps weren’t developed by either Google or Uber which might be the reason they were taken down. That said, both the apps were just the web wrappers of the respective services and didn’t pack extra features.
However, it’s surprising to see Microsoft allowing anyone to develop PWAs for websites and submit on the Store as the company themselves are planning to ingest PWA from compliant websites without asking for authorization.
Progressive Web Apps are relatively new so it looks like Microsoft doesn’t have a proper guideline laid down to approve or reject apps. This, however, will change as we move forward and we do hope Microsoft performs proper due diligence before approving the apps to be published on the Microsoft Store.