Windows 11: Microsoft bringing Android apps for Windows

Microsoft announced that it is bringing Android apps to Windows 11 during the company’s Windows 11 launch event on Thursday. To get the app in the Windows Store, you’ll have to have the new Windows Store on your Windows operating system.
Microsoft will put apps on the Windows Store, as reported by the Verge, and will also partner with Intel to utilise Intel Bridge technology to implement this. Apps that are built for Android and are intended to be used on Windows can be pinned to the taskbar or snapped alongside traditional Windows apps.
An obvious solution to Apple’s progress with its M1 chips and running iOS apps on macOS is to make Android apps work on Windows 11. Although there are plenty of mobile apps equivalent to the web, most of them are disappointing. As an example, Snapchat, Ring, Venmo, Roomba, and the majority of home automation apps are not available online.

During the launch event, Microsoft showed a variety of apps, like TikTok, working on Windows 11. Microsoft had shown the Windows store, listing services like Ring, Yahoo, and Uber, so there will likely be full access to the Amazon Appstore.

With Windows 11, devices will need to support Intel Bridge technology in order to be able to run Android apps.

Microsoft’s original plans called for developers to be able to revise their existing Android apps for Windows in 2015, but then a surprise announcement was made. Microsoft dubbed the project “Project Astoria” in order to attempt to get developers to port their apps and make it easier for them to do so.

Microsoft announced that having “two bridge technologies to bring code from mobile operating systems to Windows was unnecessary,” and the project was terminated after that.

The company had been experimenting with the idea of listing Android apps in the Windows store even before the launch of Windows 10. Microsoft pushed on, seeking to convince developers to adopt the UWP platform, which was already losing popularity by the time the software giant attempted to promote it.

Integrating Android apps into Windows is a notable change for the company, as it has historically focused on another approach to bridge the gap between Android and Windows. Microsoft has been using Android for years as a mobile version of Windows, and now those mobile apps are running on Windows 11 directly.