A year ago, Microsoft seemed to be pushing full steam-ahead with Progressive Web Apps (PWAs). Since then, the company's PWA momentum -- at least publicly -- seemed to have waned. However, this week, a couple of different teams at Microsoft have started talking about their PWA plans.
Earlier this week, Microsoft put out a call for developers who want to be early adopters for the new common model that Microsoft is building for these kinds of dual-screen Windows and Android devices. Microsoft officials said that native app developers will be able to work with a common model that is "layered onto existing platform-specific tools and frameworks for Windows and Androids." APIs for accessing this model will be specific to each OS, officials said.
At BlinkOn 11, officials provided more details about the ways Microsoft is thinking about creating new common patterns for developers who want to take advantage of "enlightened experiences" on these kinds of devices. Enlightened experiences are applications that can be split across screens, not just in the form of one application on one side and another on the other, but in terms of a whole "new modality," which officials have referred to as "spanning."
Libby told BlinkOn attendees that Microsoft sees the web as the "go-to platform to target dual-screen devices." Microsoft is seeking to build a n abstraction between the dual-screen hardware and the UI environment in a way that will be able to accommodate a variety of use cases, including book posture, tent angle and more, he said.