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Microsoft tests a password-less Windows 10 S

Microsoft tests a password-less Windows 10 S Microsoft tests a password-less Windows 10 S
Sherri Watson | 09 February, 2018, 01:57

Windows 10's Microsoft Store has always been criticized for its rather lacklustre selection of apps.

At this point, some of you may be asking: 'progressive what now?' If you've not heard of PWAs before, they are simply websites (or web apps) which are implemented as native apps, and delivered just like a normal app through Windows 10's store.

"Just download the Authenticator App and use it to set up your Windows 10 S PC", instructed Dona Sarkar, head of the Windows Insider Program, and Brandon LeBlanc, senior program manager at Microsoft, in February 7 blog post.

Following the next Windows 10 update, codenamed "Redstone 4", the Microsoft Store will start listing the PWAs inside the Microsoft Store, with Microsoft getting ready to add what it considers to be the best PWAs to the Store.

Users can download PWAs from the Microsoft Store.

Microsoft Office is, for many people, the only place to turn to when they're looking for a good word processor, spreadseet programme or e-mail manager.

Applications specifically built for Windows 10 are called "Universal Windows Platform" (UWP) apps. Developers would be able to monetize their apps, access telemetry data, and respond to reviews and comments. "Throughout this process, we'll continue to vet our quality measures for PWAs, to make sure we're providing a valuable, trustworthy, and delightful experience to our mutual customers on Windows devices", the Microsoft team, comprises engineers Kyle Pflug, Kirupa Chinnathambi, Aaron Gustafson, and Iqbal Shahid, said in the blog post.

Giving so much importance to PWAs puts a question mark on the future of UWP (Universal Windows Platform) apps. Microsoft engineers are beginning some experiments with crawling and indexing quality PWAs from the Web over the coming weeks to list them in the Microsoft Store.

The Edge browser has been further refined with a "clutter-free" printing option, which allows you to print web pages without any adverts or any other unwanted bits and pieces appearing on the printout. With Microsoft's Authenticator app for iOS or Android, you'll be able to set up an entire PC without ever entering a password. The proprietary tool mainly helps to generate a manifest file, build a Service Worker, and then directly publish a PWA in the Microsoft Store.

Microsoft is touting benefits to cataloging PWAs in the Microsoft Store. Additionally, developers will be provided with the option to submit their own PWAs for inclusion in the Microsoft Store.