Microsoft is turning Progressive Web Apps into Windows apps

According to Microsoft, "passwords are inconvenient and insecure". Progressive Web Apps (not to be confused with Android's native "Instant Apps") use relatively fresh new web technologies to make websites work better offline or with intermittent connections, and often mimic native features like push notifications.

The latest Windows Build 17093 has gone out to those courageous users on the Insider Fast Ring update track. This is similar to other tools from AMD and Nvidia, but now it's built into Windows 10 and lets you choose between UWP apps and regular apps.

Of course, that's not the only improvement coming with the next Windows Insider build.

Microsoft's developers have also worked on bringing HDR video support to a wider array of machines.

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Windows S, which is reportedly shifting from a fully-fledged OS to being embedded within the Windows 10 Pro and Home versions, is using alternative techniques to make the process of logging in more secure.

To use the new system, users will simply need to download the Microsoft Authenticator app on their mobile device and integrate it with their Windows 10 S PC. In summary, there are new data privacy tools, a new way to go password-less with Windows 10 S, Windows security improvements, eye control improvements, multi-lingual support tweaks and Bluetooth streamlining. Just like other native Windows 10 apps, PWAs will also appear in places like Start and Cortana search and would be able to access local calendar and contacts data after taking permission.

The latest Insider Preview updates from Redmond further signals a new era where access and security are more tightly interwoven than before. Moreover, there is a new "Clutter-free printing" option that can remove ads and more for certain type of web pages.

Windows Security improvements: The Windows Defender section in the Settings app has been redesigned and renamed "Windows Security". It is an interesting update for PC gamers and enthusiasts as it delivers quite a few new features with a focus on gaming and entertainment. You can get more details about the updates in the full release notes.

  • Delia Davidson