Progressive web app for OneDrive for Business is on the way

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Microsoft will soon roll out a progressive web app (PWA) for OneDrive for Business. You can already access OneDrive for Business on the web, but the new PWA will help it look better on browsers such as Edge, Chrome, and Firefox. For example, PWAs on Microsoft Edge either support or will soon support customizable title bars, streamlined menus, and controls within title bars.

The Microsoft 365 roadmap outlines the feature:

You can now install the web version of OneDrive for Business as a Progressive Web App (PWA) in Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Firefox, or other browser that supports Progressive Web Apps. After you install the web version of OneDrive for Business as a Progressive Web App, you can launch it from your desktop, and it will work the same way as it does in your web browser.

According to Microsoft, the OneDrive for Business PWA could arrive as soon as July 2021, but dates on the roadmap are subject to change.

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Microsoft doesn’t list any new features that would come with the PWA for OneDrive for Business, so the shift will likely only result in the gain of general progressive web app benefits, such as feeling more native than using an app through a browser.

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