PWAs (Progressive Web Apps) are websites that include better caching, notification features, and background functionality to make them appear and function more like traditional apps.
PWAs are just a combination of a traditional browser and mobile app experience. They are web-based applications, created with the purpose to help users use them on devices like laptops, desktops, smartphones, phablets, tablets, and more. This is the main reason why a number of companies are now migrating their website to PWAs. This means that PWAs would seem like a website to anyone using it on a laptop, whereas to a mobile phone user, it would give the feel, impression, and experience of an app.
Microsoft has announced that it is turning Outlook.com mail services into a Progressive Web App (PWA), allowing any Outlook user to install the web app on Windows, macOS, Chrome OS, and other platforms that natively support PWAs. This is a useful alternative to the Microsoft Outlook Windows desktop app or the Windows 10 Mail app.
Install Outlook.com as a PWA
The new Outlook.com support is now live in Chromium-based browsers such as Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge.
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You can install Outlook.com as a native app on Windows PC, macOS, or Chromebooks by clicking the + sign > Install in the address bar.
The Outlook PWA is a server-side thing, so it will be visible to users of compatible browsers.
Once installed, you’ll be able to view your emails offline and receive notifications, just as if you were using a regular app.