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Report: Microsoft moves to end development on stock Windows 10 apps, moving devs to Edge team

According to a report from Thurrott.com, Microsoft is looking to end development on some stock Windows 10 apps and is moving devs to the Edge team. This perhaps sheds some light on the future of Windows 10, coming about two weeks after the company announced a major shakeup within their Windows division.

Though this latest news can be seen by many as the shuttering of more consumer products, it is likely that Microsoft is instead doing this to cut down on the first party competition, a move to allow developers and third parties to further adopt Progressive Web Applications in Windows 10. In fact, many of Microsoft’s own apps already have fully capable web versions, including Outlook.com.

The company heavily updated Microsoft Edge in the upcoming Redstone 4 release to support Service Workers which allows websites to send notifications in the background when Edge is not in use. Groundwork for a Windows 10 overhaul is clearly present, and Microsoft even said that they would be making PWAs “first-class citizens.” Things are bound to get interesting this year, and there is now even more reason for the web and Edge likely being the next big thing for the company.

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