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Everything You Need To Know About Microsoft Edge Push Notifications

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Everything You Need To Know About Microsoft Edge Push Notifications

Microsoft finally has announced support for web push notifications support for Edge. Microsoft Edge push notifications work exactly like Chrome or Firefox push notifications. Starting with Edge 17, developers can the web push API to push notifications. Follow this link for more details on how edge notifications work. 

As per the latest update from Microsoft's Developer portal, the support for service worker will continue to grow. Edge already supports 5196 API's out of the 12002 API's defined in the Specifications. Chrome browser, on the other hand, supports as many as 7017 APIs out of the 12,002 API's defined as per the Specifications.

A limited version of this has already been released in a preview mode by Microsoft last month. Here is the tweet that talks about the roll out -

Microsoft supporting Edge Push NotificationsRead here about the roll out. Here are the highlights and Microsoft Edge reviews worth mentioning
 

Web Notification Implementation

  • MS Edge Notification implementation is basis the W3C Web Push Notifications Specification. Each notification contains
    • Title
    • Notification Body
    • Icon
      Push Notification on Microsoft Edge Push Notification on Edge

       

    • Language Setting
    • Tag Attribute
    • Icon URL
    • Direction Attribute and
    •  Webpage of Origin

Edge leverages the Windows Notification API platform to pass the notification from the webpage to the Notification platform which will then render and manage notification in a consistent way across all Windows Apps.

Permission and Management for Microsoft Edge Notifications

Permission and its management function exactly as Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Users visiting the site are prompted for Subscription.

Permission Prompt on Microsoft Edge for Push Notification Notification Permission Experience on Microsoft  Edge

 

Once the user grants permission, notifications can be pushed to the user. These permissions can be  managed directly from the parent domain site.Notification Permission Management

These notifications can be managed using the Microsoft Action Center. Edge now also supports web notifications on Android. 

What Happens Next?

  1. Additional features to further improve user control and notification fidelity, along with group notifications in the Action Center based on the website domains, to preserve the original context of each notification. [Only for Windows 10 Users] 
  2. Changes in the optimum durations for any notification staying saved in the Action Centre.
  3. Prototype support for Service Workers and Push API in the EdgeHTML platform. This will  enable notification support on Windows 10 Mobile devices and enable persistent notifications in the Action Center, so that when clicked, the corresponding Service Worker can be invoked to take action.

Here is a snapshot of CanIUse that captures the status of support for web push API across browsers and operating systems. [as on 25th Oct 2018]

Browser Support for Web Push API

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