Microsoft’s tools have undergone a series of changes in recent years. Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) will become an important part of the Windows app ecosystem in the future, and Microsoft is betting heavily on it.
The latest is a new Progressive Web App for Microsoft Teams that is offered for low-end or lightweight devices.
Microsoft Teams’ new desktop client is based on Microsoft Edge (Chromium) WebView, and you can use the communication tool in its own separate window that eliminates the need for your browser’s address bar. It will also hide other controls, such as the extension, music bar, and menu.
This new app is known internally as ‘Microsoft Teams Alpha’ and is said to be ‘safe’. It is designed with an “always up-to-date character” in mind, as well as a simplified implementation, according to sources.
Microsoft Teams PWA is also expected to offer “better loading performance” and all desktop platforms will be supported, but it can’t replace the current Electron app anytime soon.
As you can see in the screenshot of Task Manager processes above, Microsoft Teams uses Alpha Microsoft Edge WebView, which confirms the PWA connection.
Note that Microsoft Teams Alpha is not fully web-based and supports all Windows 10 features, including native notifications.
The new Teams app can be very useful for low-end devices, especially for students or frontline employees.
Microsoft Teams Performance Improvements
In addition to a new app, Microsoft is also working on a major update for the current Teams desktop client, which is built on the Electron platform.
According to a forum post, Microsoft Teams is expected to work smoother and faster as the company plans to reduce memory and CPU usage. Redmond has confirmed that they are active performance issues with Teams and that there will be improvements for Windows 10 and macOS.
However, it’s unclear when these changes will go live, and there’s also no ETA available on when Microsoft will announce the new Teams experience.