Microsoft Edge Canary now allow users to run PWAs at Windows startup

Microsoft has been working on improving the PWA experience for Edge users. Recently the company added a flag to allow pinned PWAs to show shortcuts. Now, Microsoft has added another feature to improve the experience for Chromium Edge users.

The new feature allows Microsoft Edge Canary users to launch PWAs at Windows startup (via Techdows). Google recently added this feature to Chrome Canary and now Microsoft has updated the Edge Canary branch to add the feature as well. If you are using Microsoft Edge Canary then you can follow the steps below to enable the feature:

  • Open Microsoft Edge Canary (version 85.0.535.0 or later)
  • Type edge://flags in the address bar
  • Now search for “Desktop PWAs run on OS login” and select 'Enable' from the drop-down box

  • Restart the browser

This should enable the feature on your web browser. You can try it out by going to a website that supports PWA and clicking the "Install" option on the address bar. In the install app dialog box, check “Start app when you sign in to your computer” option and click install. This will install the app and will launch it the next time you turn on your PC.

Like Google, Microsoft has also not added an option to remove a PWA from startup. The only possible ways to do it is by uninstalling the app and reinstalling again or by removing it from the startup folder. To do that, press Windows+R to open Run and enter "%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup" to open the startup folder and delete the shortcut.

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