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Add Syncing of PWAs between devices | sites that are installed as apps in Edge browser

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I usually add a bunch of sites and social medias to Edge as PWA and install them in Edge: edge://apps/

I would like them to sync with my Microsoft account and to be available on all of my devices, other Windows and Mac devices, so I won't have to install them one by one again.

 

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@HotCakeX thank you for the reminder, I had meant to add this to our backlog awhile ago. I agree with you, though it is a complex scenario - some apps are really meant to be mobile only (uber, maybe), while others are clearly equally useful on desktop and mobile (facebook, probably). But it sure would be nice to able to choose to do this.

 

-John

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@johnjansen wrote:

@HotCakeX thank you for the reminder, I had meant to add this to our backlog awhile ago. I agree with you, though it is a complex scenario - some apps are really meant to be mobile only (uber, maybe), while others are clearly equally useful on desktop and mobile (facebook, probably). But it sure would be nice to able to choose to do this.

 

-John


 

To decrease the complexity, you could separate the PWAs syncing of desktops from mobile. desktop browsers (Windows/Mac/maybe Linux) sync installed PWAs between themselves while mobile browsers (Android/IOS) do the same among themselves.

although, except uber, the rest of the websites I use and came across, have responsive UI and can provide the same service on any platform. I mean that's the whole point and idea behind PWAs, right? to make a web app once and use it in any platform, instead of making multiple native apps for each platform/OS. (Spotify web player, Whatsapp web, Telegram web, Twitter, Facebook, Outlook, Gmail etc)

so that's why I think you can still sync all PWAs, even between desktop and mobile Edge browsers and don't run into problems. however there could be a checkbox next to each app in edge://apps/

to tell Edge whether user wants it to be available on mobile or not.

 

 

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I don't think that's a good idea. It's much like installing apps. You wouldn't want the exact same apps on every device. It's confusing.
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Except it's not installing apps and it's just creating shortcuts. and I showed above how to not make it confusing
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Yeah, PWAs are just shortcuts but they're like apps in the way that they're in the start menu.
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Yeah but like I said there there ways to implement it properly and make it useful
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Absolutely. 100%. Additionally would like to be able to "deploy" the PWA to users via Group Policy or Intune etc. Edge already can do this with Extensions. Just another thing I don't have to worry about when setting up new workstations for my users.
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