Desktop PWA works with Discourse!

Finally solved! :grin:

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This feature continues to evolve; here’s what the very latest PWA prompt looks like in Chrome:

Pretty nice! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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Very nice! That same popup feature is coming to Microsoft Edge very soon. :slight_smile:

What does the popup look like on mobile devices? I haven’t gotten the chance to check yet.

I came here to share that the folks over at the Edge team are continuously working to make PWAs feel like native apps. With Windows 10, we are taking a few baby steps.

Windows Central wrote a great article explaining the benefits.

Best regards,

Jordi

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Can you ask those folks to check 1091612 - chromium - An open-source project to help move the web forward. - Monorail ? Would make Discourse desktop PWAs story on Windows better :slightly_smiling_face:.

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I will definitely attempt to get in touch with them. :slight_smile:

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The Microsoft Bing team is in direct contact with the Microsoft Edge team?

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Of course! We are constantly working together.

I received a response about an hour ago. It sounds like they’re looking into it. I wouldst be surprised if they eventually do put it on the to-do list.

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Desktop PWAs feel even more at home in Windows 11 “preview”:

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There aren’t any rounded corners though… :thinking:

You’ve also come across the Windows 11 leak? I wasn’t able to grab the .iso file until today, but I digress.

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No comment… :face_with_hand_over_mouth:

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@Jordi, we know your secrets about Windows 11! Just look at all of the PWA improvements! :smiling_imp:

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Progressive Web Apps are mentioned in this article. :wink:

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Oh: “We’re enabling developers and independent software vendors (ISVs) to bring their apps regardless of whether they’re built as a Win32, Progressive Web App (PWA), or Universal Windows App (UWP) or any other app framework, creating an opportunity to reach and engage with more people,”

That sets a nice precedent! Who will be first to register their forum on the Microsoft Store?!

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Maybe I spoke too soon…

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Why not Discourse Meta first? :wink:

Here’s the Discourse Meta PWA as an MSIX package for anybody who happens to be interested. Following this guide, I used PWABuilder to create it.
Discourse Meta.zip (2.9 MB)

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Is PWA available for Discourse for Teams?

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Yes, same PWA support that core has.

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Is there still no way to turn off PWA on a site? We really dislike it, at least for the type of site we have. (A tech support site. Something most people will want to visit occasionally via a link from somewhere else. Not something anyone wants to install as an app. They already install our actual app, which has links to the support site within it.)

It’s confusing (and annoying) to nag our users to install an application for a website, especially when the “application” is just another icon for the same site in the same web browser, only with a limited UI (who does that help?). If they want a shortcut they could drag one to the desktop themselves.

If other people like PWAs then great. I’m not saying the feature should not exist for people who want it. But it really should be optional.

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Did you try hiding the PWA install banner? In Discourse it’s as simple as

div.pwa-install-banner {
  display: none;
}
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