With the release of Windows 11, Microsoft is bringing Android mobile apps to the Microsoft Store. Microsoft will be using the technology behind Windows Subsystem for Linux and Windows 10 Mobile’s Project Astoria to enable Android apps to work natively within the new operating system.
Microsoft’s apps store isn’t as popular as Google Play Store and Apple Appstore, but it’s slowly getting better. Windows 11 aims to improve the situation by enabling support for two keys features: unpackaged Win32 desktop programs and native-like Android apps support.
The company is working on its own Android subsystem and it was recently spotted in the Microsoft Store. Ahead of the first public preview, Amazon’s Appstore has now appeared in the Microsoft Store and it requires Windows 11 Build 22000 or newer, but the app store is currently not available for download.
Amazon is apparently working on its own App Store client for Windows 11 and users will need to sign in with their Amazon account to download apps. The files will be downloaded via the Amazon AppStore only, and Microsoft Store will be used to promote mobile apps in search results and not much else.
Android apps integration in Windows 11
During the developer conference, Microsoft said that it will create a proxy native app that would manage the bridge between the mobile and desktop models. These improvements will make the app feel native and users will be able to install or uninstall mobile apps from Settings or Control Panel.
For those unfamiliar, Windows Subsystem for Android is based on Windows Subsystem for Linux, which uses Hyper-V and Linux kernel to run Linux apps on the desktop alongside your Windows apps.
Microsoft will be using “Intel Bridge Technology” to translate Arm code. In a statement, Microsoft has confirmed the feature will also work on AMD and ARM CPUs.However, Windows 11’s Android integration won’t support the Google Play ecosystem and Google Play services.
To make things easier for end-users, Microsoft is partnering with Amazon’s, using the App Store found on Amazon-branded Fire OS devices. You’ll be able to search for Amazon mobile apps directly from the Microsoft Store, which will fetch the results from Amazon’s app catalog. To download your Android apps, you need to click on “Get from Amazon App Store,” which will download and install Amazon AppStore.
Microsoft presented the new version of its popular Windows operating system. It is about Windows 11, which takes the witness of Windows 10 to bring us, above all, important visual changes.
From Integra, we want to show you, in this article, the latest news in this version, since we offer multiple services and products based on this system; from the installation and configuration of the operating system itself on personal computers to the implementation of services and infrastructure for schools and various institutions.
Perhaps, the most noticeable visual change is found in its start menu, which adopts a renewed interface where we find the main applications on the task bar and the Windows start button in the central part of the screen; and, when pressing said button, we will obtain a floating box with two differentiated areas: the upper one, for the most recent applications, and the lower one, with the documents and files recommended by the system.
The multitasking experience also offers new possibilities. With the arrival of the so-called Snap Layouts we will have the possibility of docking the windows in different combinations, thus maximizing our productivity.
The Windows Widgets take also a leading role, as it will allow us to keep us on the news, information and content that most interest, according to our preferences and enhanced by artificial intelligence Microsoft.
Now, Microsoft Teams will be integrated directly into Windows 11. This tool has become very popular during the pandemic, either to connect with our family members or colleagues. Thus, we will be able to start video calls instantly with our contacts, regardless of the type of device used by the rest of the participants, be it PC, mobile or tablet.
The Windows application store also undergoes a facelift, with better access and classification of the different applications; but, perhaps, the most striking change is that Microsoft will allow developers to keep 100% of the benefits of the applications, offering the possibility of integrating their own payment gateways. And, continuing with the theme of applications, we find perhaps one of the most surprising news of the event: the native support of Android applications.
These applications will be integrated into the Microsoft app store, as well as into the operating system itself. The download of these will go hand in hand with the Amazon Store, Amazon’s application store, which will be integrated into the Microsoft Store itself. This may represent a first limitation in the content that we can enjoy, by not directly integrating the Google store for the search of applications.
Android applications will run like any other program, being able to interact with them in windowed mode, pin them to the taskbar and work simultaneously with other Windows programs.
It should be noted that we will need a 64-bit processor, something common today, but that puts an end to the compatibility of 32-bit systems that Microsoft was supporting from Windows 95, although the latest updates to Windows 10 required to have a 64 bit system.
The 4GB of ram memory doubles what is required by Windows 10 and we are already beginning to intuit that we need moderately modern hardware to be able to install Windows 11. To this is added the need for a UEFI BIOS and compatibility with secure boot.
A curious point is that for the version of Windows 10 Home we will need to have an internet connection and have a Microsoft account, leaving aside the possibility of creating a local account. We will see if this is also transferred to the rest of the versions.
But, without a doubt, the most controversial part comes from the hand of TPM 2.0. Its acronym refers to Trusted Platform Module or trusted platform module, and it is a feature that guarantees hardware security through a chip with a cryptoprocessor that stores encryption keys. It is mandatory to implement it from 2016 if you want to certify a computer with Windows 10, but if we do not have it, we will not be able to make the leap to this new version of Windows.
And that’s not all. Microsoft has also published a list of compatible processors for Windows 11. In order not to extend ourselves too much, we will comment on the most relevant ones: