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Microsoft releases PWABuilder 2.0

Microsoft this week launched version 2.0 of its Progressive Web App (PWA) Builder, bringing with it a new design along with the introduction of the “Feature Store,” which houses code snippets you can add directly to your PWA.

PWA Builder is a free tool available from Microsoft that will help you in the creation or publishing of your PWA for different platforms online or in the command-line.

The new version contains all the same features of the last, with the addition of a Webkit-driven Mac desktop platform and Webkit integration.  Developers can now view their “PWA Builder score” and add cross-platform features like authentication, system integration and UIs via Microsoft Graph programming interfaces.

There’s also a new Feature Store, which will direct you to various snippets of code that you can copy and paste into your app. You can use it to add Windows Timeline support, add the Microsoft Graph, support geolocation tracking, and more. Microsoft also wants feedback on the Feature Store, so if you’ve got an idea for a new feature, you can request it on Github.

“We also have other ideas that are on our roadmap including integrating Workbox into our Service Worker picker, new Snippets for the Feature Store, and potentially integration with Webhint to enable deeper testing of your PWA,” Microsoft says.

If you’re wondering what’s next, you can probably guess that it’s PWABuilder 2.1. The plan is to allow you to package your PWA as a Trusted Web Activity, so you can more easily deploy your PWA on the Google Play Store. There will also be refreshed on the design of the manifest editor and service worker picker pages. Finally, Microsoft plans to make sure that the PWABuilder service works better on mobile devices.

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