Microsoft is rebuilding its Edge browser on the back of Chromium and with that, it includes some unique new features including creating web apps. Here is what you can expect.
We showed you how to install Chromium Edge. Once you have it rolling you’ll want to start exploring its features like installing Chrome and Microsoft Edge extensions. One of the other things you can do is create a web app that treats a webpage as an app-like experience.
You can use any website you want as a web app from Edge. Some examples of sites you might want to use are YouTube, Pandora, Outlook.com – even groovyPost. Just like using a website as an app with Google Chrome, you can install websites as an app with Chromium Edge, too.
Using Web Apps on Chromium Edge
Open Chromium Edge and head to the site you want to use as an app. Then click the Settings button (three dots in the upper-right corner) and then go to Apps > Install.
Next, type in a meaningful name for the shortcut of the web app and click the “Install” button.
That’s it. A shortcut for the app will be created on your desktop and Start menu. If you prefer to have the web app shortcut on the Taskbar, open the Start menu and find the app. Right-click on it and choose More > Pin to taskbar.
You can do the same from the desktop icon. Right-click it and choose Pin to Taskbar from the menu.
Your app will open in a minimal browser frame. There is no navigation or options or even an address bar. It works as if it were a native application. A shortcut for the web app will be created on the desktop and the Start menu. Here I created a few apps including Pandora, YouTube, and groovyPost.
Chromium Edge Web App Features
Also, note that there is an options button from the title bar of the app. It provides access to your installed extensions. It also includes options like “Print”, “Zoom”, “info about the site”, “Cast to device”, and others.
Once you have a few web apps installed, you can manage them by typing: edge://apps into the address bar.
Here you will see each web app you have installed. This sections also includes app management options including “Remove”, “App Info”, “Open as window”, and create shortcuts.
The App Info option allows you to manage various app permissions such as location, hardware, web technologies, and more.
Remember that at the time of this writing, the new Chromium Edge is still in development and more abilities, options, and features are sure to come. But this gives you an idea of what you can start doing with the new browser. Of course, we will have more coverage as the development continues.
The final version of the new Chromium Edge is set to start rolling out as the new version of the Microsoft Edge browser on Windows 10 this fall.