Desktop shortcut for Progressive Web Apps



  • Proposal:

    • If a site has a valid manifest.json file and is served on HTTPS then an 'Add to Homescreen/startpage/desktop shortcut' button could be in the UI.
    • Clicking on it will add the site's icon (as defined in the spec) to the desktop (or start page etc).
    • Clicking on the icon will open up the site in Vivaldi.
    • If multiple tabs are already open in vivaldi for that site, then clicking on the icon will take it to the most recent tab open for that origin.

    Justification:
    PWAs are getting more and more mainstream, but so far not a lot of stuff has been happening on desktop for it. Edge has stated that it will support PWAs strongly on desktop.

    If a user adds the site as a shortcut on desktop then

    • Thats an indication that its a site he/she frequently visits and is important to them
    • Since clicking on it will always open in Vivaldi, it ensures that the sites with show most engagement with a user always open in Vivaldi.
    • This means that it could increase retention.

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