More and more reports are coming in from users who see Microsoft unsolicited progressive web apps of various Office applications install for Edge on Windows 10. The apps have missing and wrong metadata.
These are the PWAs of Outlook, Powerpoint, Excel and Word, which are installed in Microsoft’s own Edge browser and are listed in Control Panel – Programs. There the publisher is equal to the app name, the version is 1.0, which may also be incorrect, the installation size is not mentioned and the icons of the apps are many times smaller than usual. All that notes ghacks.net. Microsoft does not announce the presence of the apps, which also appear in the Start menu. The apps can be removed.
A pwa is essentially a shortcut to an application running in the browser. They will take up little space because the web server can deliver the code of the application as soon as necessary and it will remain in the working memory. The web apps have not appeared on the system of this Tweakers editor, but that is probably related to the existing installation of Office.
ZDNet’s Microsoft expert Mary Jo Foley has turned the company over several times comment requested about the move, but has not received a response from Redmond after several days.
It is not the first time that Microsoft has its apps piggybacked on Windows 10 installations to a greater or lesser extent. So recommends Windows 10 the Edge browser when you search for, for example, ‘Firefox’ in the Start menu and there it is advertisement made for Office in Wordpad, Mail and Calendar. Unsolicited uwp apps are also installed on Windows 10 on a regular basis, including tiles in the Start menu.