Microsoft is turning Progressive Web Apps into Windows apps

Marlene Weaver
February 10, 2018

We aren't sure what to make of this particular new feature, given the rumors that Windows 10 S is heading to the scrapheap. But thankfully, Microsoft appears to have a new solution to this old problem: Kill the passwords!

The latest Windows Build 17093 has gone out to those courageous users on the Insider Fast Ring update track. Significantly, this includes more transparency about what kind of data Windows collects from its users, and the ability to delete said data from Microsoft's servers.

Tickets for the Build conference are likely to be sold out soon after Microsoft will open the registration window next week.

PWA capabilities will not be limited in scope compared to the Universal Windows Platform Apps found in the store today, and will have access to the full suite of WinRT APIs. These technologies include Service Workers, which allows web apps and sites to more easily switch between working offline and online, and the Push and Cache APIs, bringing support for push notifications to web apps.

Just download the Authenticator App and use it to set up your Windows 10 S PC. For multi-GPU systems, you'll also find a new "Advanced graphics settings" in Settings System Display that lets you customize graphics performance for specific applications. Our best guess is that the password-less mode will be available when the rumored "S Mode" is activated.

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17093 is ready for users in the fast ring, and it brings about a bunch of new features.

The software giant has also incorporated basic privacy measures, including being able to delete data gathered by the Diagnostic Data Viewer, which was installed by the Windows Insider Build 17983. The browser also gains the ability to print "certain types of webpages" in a clutter-free mode without ads and other unnecessary page elements. As ever, some known bugs remain, including a pause of up to 90 minutes at the 88% mark during the installation process. The new build is targeted at the PC segment and comes with several interesting features. The notes don't provide a rollout day for Redstone 4, but its Bug Bash initiative ends on February 11.

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