Google, Microsoft team up

The World’s biggest digital brands Microsoft and Google have collaborated with an aim of bringing more applications to Google’s Playstore.

The platform will be built using Microsoft ‘s Progressive WEB App builder and Buddlewrap utility and library to make the most out of the new feature.

Progressive Web Application is a type of application software that is delivered through the web.

These apps are commonly built using HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and JavaScript.
They work on any platform that uses standards-compliment browser.

The functionality for these applications includes working offline, push notifications, users experiencing something similar to a native app on desktop and on mobile devices.

The partnership has seen progress in the integration of the two tools (PWABuilder and Bubblewrap) and PWABuilder users Bubblewrap under the hood to allow developers to package PWAs for the play store.

In turn PWABuilder now supports the full range of trusted web activity otions that help PWAs work better on Android.
Developers can now customise the appearance of the android status bar, and the navigation bar, PWAs using PWABuilder can also customise the plash screen, change the launcher name, use existing signing key, utilise “deeper” push notification support configure package ID and version and more.

Microsoft is also collaborating with Google on Project Fugu in an effort to incubate and standardise web platform features.

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