Microsoft and Google are working to improve Clipboard API and improve usability of apps like Edge and Chrome

With the arrival of Windows 11, we saw how Microsoft is betting on PWA applications and those of the Win32 type even though they occupy a preferential place in the Microsoft Store, leaving the UWP or Universal Applications on the sidelines. Back then, we saw how the future of progressive web apps was and Microsoft is leading in that direction with improved collaboration with Google.

The two giants are immersed in the development of a new API that improves the exchange of files between the system’s clipboard and the various web applications. The aim is to increase the variety of files that can be used between the two ecosystems.

Improve the web experience

Microsoft and Google are working on a new Pickle Clipboard API that will allow web applications and websites to read and write more file types and thus overcome the limited number of formats they now support.

Until now, when exchanging files between the system and a PWA, the API supports the most common types, allowing text files, images, rich text … other more specific formats are left out, which are the ones that need to be accommodated with the new API.

This is the case with less popular formats, non-standard web formats like TIFF, designed for high quality images, or proprietary formats like .docx, which are not compatible with the current web platform.

With the new API they’re working on, file sharing between web apps and native apps or the operating system will need to be even more powerful. With the Pickle Clipboard API, the browser will handle the name of the clipboard format in a standardized way. Microsoft says the new API will allow:

Allow copy / paste between web and native applications using the system clipboard. Developers can create custom clipboard formats. Maintain security / confidentiality. Provide detailed control over the clipboard. Built on top of the existing Async Clipboard API.

Chromium-based browsers, like Edge and Chrome, will be the first to benefit from this improvement. This new API is useful for developers, but also for users, since it will make it easier, for example, to copy documents from the file explorer and paste them into Google Docs or Microsoft Word.

Via | WindowsLatest
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