At their event today, Microsoft announced the Windows 11 operating system. The new update brings a visual overhaul, productivity improvements and more.
Along with the new update, Microsoft is also bringing native support for Android apps to Windows 11. To achieve this, Microsoft is partnering with Amazon and will deliver Android apps via the Amazon App Store which will be available under the Microsoft Store. With the new update, users will be able to download and install Android apps like TikTok, Pinterest, Kindle and more. Furthermore, these will act like Windows apps allowing users to pin them to taskbar, snap with other apps, resize and more.
Microsoft noted that it is using Intel's Bridge technology to bring the Android apps integration to Windows 11. However, it did not go into it in-depth at the event, so we do not know the specifics of the integration.
Unfortunately, Microsoft plans to use Amazon to deliver the apps so users will miss out on Google's suite of apps and services. It is not clear how Microsoft plans to add support for Google apps and Google Play Services to Windows 11.
Luckily, Microsoft plans to release the first Windows 11 build to Insiders next week. Once the build is released, we will be able to answer some of the burning questions surrounding the support for native Android apps on Windows 11.