Microsoft is bringing Android apps to Windows 11. The software giant revealed its surprise addition to Windows 11 at its Windows Special Event today. Android applications will run natively on Windows 11 and will be downloadable from Amazon’s Appstore, via the new Windows Store included in the operating system.
Microsoft Says It’s Using Amazon’s Appstore To Bring Android Apps To Windows 11. The Apps Will Be Listed In The New Windows Store, And Microsoft Also Partners With Intel To Use Its Intel Bridge Technology To Make It A Reality . Android apps on Windows 11 can be pinned to the taskbar or aligned with traditional Windows apps.
Android apps on Windows 11 are an obvious response to Apple’s progress with its M1 chips and running iOS apps on macOS. While there are many web equivalents to mobile apps, they are often dull and some apps like Snapchat, Ring, Venmo, Roomba, and the majority of home automation apps are not available on the web.
Microsoft today introduced apps like TikTok running Windows 11. The Windows store that Microsoft showed lists Ring, Yahoo, Uber and others, so we’ll likely see full access to Amazon’s Appstore. It’s not immediately clear how many existing devices will support Android apps with Windows 11, as the hardware will need to support Intel Bridge technology.
This surprise announcement follows Microsoft’s initial plans to let Windows developers rework their existing Android apps for Windows in 2015. The Astoria Project, as Microsoft called it, was a method of trying to convince developers to port applications and make their jobs easier. The plan finally collapsed less than a year later, with Microsoft admits that it was not necessary to have “two bridge technologies to transfer code from mobile operating systems to Windows”.
Microsoft was playing around with the idea of running Android apps on Windows natively for years, and the company had experimented with the idea of listing Android apps in the Windows Store just before the launch of Windows 10. Instead, Microsoft kept trying to convince developers to adopt its Universal Windows Platform failure.
The integration of Android applications directly into Windows is a significant change, especially as the company has been focus on your phone as a method to bridge the gap between Android and Windows. Microsoft was adopt Android as the mobile version of Windows for years to come, and now those same mobile apps will run right in Windows 11.