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Install site as an app with tabs functionality

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Hi everyone, Microsoft Edge Insider is taking good shape so far and I was hoping the Install site as an app feature could be further improved. As I use lots of web apps like Linkedin, Gmail, Facebook Messenger and others, if you click on any link, it will open a tab on the main Edge browser instead of inside the site app. This should at least have a toggle so for example on Linkedin if I want to open a few more profiles I can do that without having now to switch between my Linkedin site app and regular Edge browsing session.

 

Could the Open site as an app be further improved? I believe it will benefit a lot of people.

 

List of Site apps I use at the moment

  1. Sharepoint
  2. Outlook
  3. Zoho CRM
  4. Quotientapp
  5. Linkedin
  6. Facebook Messenger
  7. Whatsapp
  8. Google Contacts
  9. Gmail
  10. Google Messenger
  11. Google photos
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+1 would be a awesome improvement

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It could also give the option to open inside the site app or outside by for example holding shift while clicking on something or another hotkey as when you do now to open a link in a new window.

 

The that gives the end-user the choice where they want the links to open

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Hi,
By "open site as an app" do you actually mean "install site as an app" ?

If not, can you post a screenshot of that option?
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@HotCakeX yes I meant install the site as an app, apologies about my mistake

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This would be great indeed!
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Best Response confirmed by AlexBleicker (Contributor)
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@AlexBleicker Thanks for the feedback; we'll pass this on to our Apps team and let you know if they have any additional questions or insights.

 

Fawkes (they/them)
Project & Community Manager - Microsoft Edge

 

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@fawkes Cool, I'm glad to see development team here listing to our feedback. You guys are doing a great job with Edge insider, I've already converted a lot of sysadmins in other companies to it after long debates in networking meeting groups :)

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@AlexBleicker  We're so happy that you're having such a positive experience! We really love this product and are stoked to hear that you and others are also giving it a try. All of us on the Edge Insider Team,  along with our Devs, love hearing your thoughts, so please keep them coming. :)

 

Fawkes (they/them)
Project & Community Manager - Microsoft Edge

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Please you have to implement this. I'd consider app functionality broken otherwise!

At the very least, a link from an "app" should open in it's own browser window sitting on top of the app in the z-order - not randomly pick a browser window you already have open and shoehorn a new tab onto it - it makes no sense.

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@jmorgannz 

 

I believe it picks up the last used browser window, the same as when you a link when using multiple edge profiesl, it can pick up the last opened (focused) profile or then you can select the default profile to use when opening links

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@AlexBleicker 

Hi, 

Thanks, yes can see that is what it does. I find it quite annoying - and my argument was that it doesn't feel very 'appy'.

Real apps that fall back on opening browser windows for things are annoying themselves - if we want a website to masquerade as an app itself, it would be nice if it either was tabbed for links opened in it's own domain; or at least if it has to open in another window, make its own browser window rather than picking up the latest browsing session window and using it.

 

By using the same active browser window to open its extra links, it breaks the app illusion, and mixes the two mental contexts together that the 'Web App' paradigm is designed to seperate.