Google Meet has launched its progressive web application. The Internet giant already has its communications services on track, and in the absence of finishing concentrating its offer, the ones that are not going anywhere for now, but quite the opposite, are Google Chat and Google Meet, a pair that go hand in hand in many aspects, including its distribution model, exclusively through the web on the PC desktop.
In other words, both Google Chat and Google Meet are accessible on the PC desktop (Chrome OS, Linux, Mac, Windows) via web app, either integrated into other Google apps, such as Gmail, or in their own, as a standalone app… but for real, thanks to the power of PWAs or progressive web apps, which the company is taking wherever it can.
With Google Chat it has already done so, and now it is Google Meet’s turn, which launches its progressive web application for the convenience of any intensive or regular user of the service. If you only use Google Meet once in a while, it’s not worth the hassle: open a browser tab and log in; but if it’s a tool you use regularly?
This is one of the advantages of progressive web apps, which Google Meet takes advantage of: as their name suggests, their design is focused on making them look like real apps and their integration with the desktop is usually much more careful than if it were a simple web shortcut, even though all this integration is also available without any installation.
By the way, the important thing: the thanks that Google Meet is now a progressive web application, is that you can install it as such, creating entries for it in the applications menu and anchoring it if you wish in the desktop taskbar to gain accessibility. How you install it, is very simple: as you install all progressive web apps that are allowed to install, which is not all there are.
In essence, when you enter the Google Meet site you will see an installation icon appear on the right side of the address bar. You can’t miss it. For G Suite users, however, they will need to have the prior ability to be able to install extensions in Chrome, permission that can only be granted by an administrator.
Progressive web apps are the future of web apps and no one has put as much effort into pushing them as Google, but they have not yet reached their full potential nor have they become as popular as they will in the future. Therefore, if you like the role but there are web applications that you use and are not adapted for installation, remember that you can do it in another way.