We’ve talked about the right kind of app to start with for a Hosted Web App, and we’ve talked about why Hosted Web Apps are a good approach for a number of media partners. In this post, we’ll talk about how the app features and Windows APIs can be used to engage your users in new ways.

One of the difficulties of web apps is that when your users aren’t in the browser, there is no way to engage with them. There are a number of promising proposed standards, such as service workers and web notifications, but engaging users with a web app remains a challenge today. However, Hosted Web Apps offer a number of ways to accomplish this.

An advantage in moving to a Hosted Web App is the access that you have to native Windows features that allow you to reach out and pull the user back into your app experience. Let’s take a look at a few of these features now, but keep in mind there are lots more features to be used in a similar fashion...

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