For several months now we have been talking to you about the work that some important technology companies are currently carrying out with the PWAs. When we talk about these, we actually mean what are known as Progressive Web Applications, something that has just arrived on Google Drive.
As we mentioned just a few days ago, the once popular Chrome Apps are about to come to an end. However, at the same time it is expected that one of the substitutes of these will represent the mentioned Progressive Web Applications or PWA. As many of you may already know, these allow us to bring web platforms to the desktop.
PWAs do not stop growing and being available to everyone
In this way, the Internet sites that have support for this can already be used as if it were a local application on our PC. Well, we tell you all this because the cloud storage service, Google Drive, is already PWA. This is something that the search giant has previously done with other proprietary platforms such as YouTube Music and Google Photos.
In this way, the interest of the firm in this specific application format is evident, something that is intended to be the future of apps. Keep in mind that this movement is not something that will change the experience of using the platform as such. Of course, it can make the management of our files and folders stored in the cloud seem a little more native and local.
In this way, once we have carried out the installation process of the PWA, this will bring us several advantages. On the one hand, we will have direct access to Google Drive from Windows 10 itself, without going through the browser. Also in the application window we will no longer see the address bar, or tabs, etc. In this way, what is achieved is that all this seems a totally native and local experience. However, in the background we will continue working on the Google Drive platform, as always.
How to create the new Google Drive PWA
Thus, to start obtaining the progressive web application from Google Drive, the first thing is that we must have a compatible browser, such as Google Chrome or Edge Chromium, for example. Then we will have to go to the usual website through which we access our Drive space in the cloud, that is, from this link.
Then this personal space that we refer to will appear on the screen, but what interests us now is not that. We must look at the icon with a + sign that is located to the right of the browser’s address bar . That is where we must click to install the PWA that we are talking about in these lines. At that moment the corresponding window of the new application will appear on the screen.
At the same time, we must bear in mind that it will be located in the Windows 10 Start menu like any other program that we install on the system. Therefore, we can already access the new Drive PWA whenever we want, or even pin it to the taskbar if we want.