Android Apps coming to Windows 11
After much speculation and rumors all this year, Windows 11 operating system is now officially announced by Microsoft. The next refreshing OS is coming to machines this holiday season and the excitement is already on a high. A major part of the Windows 11 ecosystem is going to have presence of all supported Android apps, which comes as interesting news for users.
Yes, Android apps will be present on the Start menu bar, have their own dedicated icons on the taskbar and launch with desktop shortcuts too. Panos Panay, Chief Product Officer at Microsoft said that the Android apps will be installable without much hassle from the OS interface, and users will be able to enjoy their frequently used apps in the Windows 11 environment.
Of course, later this year when the operating system will officially be available for purchase or upgrade – from compatible Windows 10 systems – the next era of Microsoft’s long-lasting legacy will be marked.
This move will benefit the users as well as developers since the former won’t have to rely on the web version of an application while the latter will have the liberty to skip developing the app dedicatedly for the Windows only version.
As a user, you’ll have the freedom to multitask on Windows applications like Word while having apps like Kindle, Ring, Instagram or TikTok open in another window. The new Windows 11 Snap feature will come in handy to choose the layout of the multiple apps on the screen real estate. Total bliss for multitaskers who like to have their apps organized visually to their preference.
For those using a tablet or dual-screen gadget loaded with the next OS version, this will boost multitasking in interesting ways. Having a seamless ecosystem of all that you desire on your tablet or laptop is going to change the Windows dynamics in the coming years.
The big surprise for Android apps to land on the Windows 11 ecosystem comes in the form of Amazon Appstore marketplace integration. Rather than partnering directly with Play Store to offer the Android apps, Microsoft is taking a detour. To make the whole experience seamless, these non-native apps will leverage the power of Intel Bridge technology to run on x86 processors.
In a press call, Microsoft has confirmed that these Android apps will not only work on Intel-powered systems but also on AMD-based systems as well. This makes Windows 11 perfect for touch-centric workflow apps since the domain of compatible systems is going to be huge.
These developments at this stage make Windows 11 a lot more inviting OS for mobile users too. The early builds of the operating system are coming as soon as next week via the Insider program, and it’ll be interesting to see what Microsoft is planning to ultimately present its users with.