The COVID-19 outbreak resulted in a tremendous increase in video calls and Chromebook sales. As a result, apps are paying more attention to Google’s desktop platform. Cisco said today at Google I/O that Webex will soon have an official PWA for Chromebooks.

PWAs, or Progressive Web Apps, are a kind of hybrid between web apps and native apps. PWAs frequently provide native capabilities like offline access and notification integration without requiring users to download sometimes-large apps from an app store. Google has previously adopted PWAs with services like Drive, and Zoom last year completely redesigned its Chrome OS experience with a PWA.

A novel experience distinct from the standard web client and the Android app that Cisco has made accessible and tailored for Chromebooks is delivered by the new Webex Meetings PWA for Chromebooks. Additionally, this makes way for more sophisticated capabilities like real-time translation and background noise cancellation.

Webex also highlights the advantages for managers of a fleet of Chromebooks:

The Webex Meetings PWA gives IT administrators more flexibility when it comes to controlling Webex on their Chromebooks. Now, Chromebooks can have Webex pre-imaged and installed on them before being given to users.

All of the meeting features that users presently enjoy on their browser-based Meetings web app are available in the Webex Meetings PWA. Users of Webex can now access the Webex Meetings PWA as an application on a Chrome OS device by downloading it from the Google Play store. Then, without using a browser, customers may easily start/join meetings and webinars from their desktop.

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