What are they and why do they matter?
Progressive Web Apps (PWA) have been around for almost five years but its only now in 2020 they are gaining traction.
So, what is it? A Progressive Web App (PWA) is a website or web-based application that is as feature rich and responsive as a program/app that is physically installed.
For example, Progressive Web Apps (PWA) have been used by companies such as Microsoft and Google to provide offline editing features for their G-Suite and Office 365 services.
This means with or without an internet connection, you can still edit, save and access your documents no matter where you are.
Microsoft word is a notable example of progressive web app capabilities. Since pushing their cloud-based architecture, Microsoft word has become less of a native application and moved more towards a Progressive Web App architecture.
Progressive Web Apps (PWA) are going to be massive in 2020 – increasingly, more developers understand the importance of good user experience and responsiveness of their apps across all devices.
This is going to be a key change in the way we develop for the web – website’s that aren’t compatible on every device will be penalised by Google and over the next few years this will become a key requirement for any website pushing to improve their SEO performance.