During its Windows event, Microsoft revealed a large number of features for Windows 11. While all of the visual changes Windows 11 made to overhaul the user experience are great, one feature that manages to stand out is support for Android apps. Yes, you read that right. Windows 11 will come with built-in support for Android apps.
This is the first time that Microsoft has allowed Android apps on the operating system at such a deep level, starting with major apps like TikTok and Instagram, all running on Intel Bridge technology. Now you can run iOS apps on macOS, Android apps on Chrome OS, and Android apps on Windows – what’s next?
So in the future, you will no longer have to rely on Android emulators for Windows to run an Android app on your Windows PC. After upgrading to Windows 11, you will be able to access your favorite Android apps from the main user interface elements, including the Start menu and taskbar. The best? You can discover and install apps from the Microsoft Store. You can also pin these apps to the taskbar or conveniently place them on the screen with the new Snap Assist.
All of these Android apps are coming to the Microsoft Store, thanks to Amazon. The company has partnered with Amazon to integrate Amazon Appstore with Microsoft Store.
With Intel Bridge technology, you can download and install Android apps seamlessly by browsing Amazon’s Android app catalog.
Android apps will appear in the Microsoft Store with flags indicating that they are indeed Android apps, but they can be used, pinned, and opened like standard desktop apps. On the app list page, you get the name and rating of the app in the left pane, while the screenshots and descriptions are present in the middle part on the right.
The ability to run Android apps is arguably the best feature of Windows 11 and should help drive the adoption of the operating system. It also bridges the gap for users looking to access mobile apps on their PCs. If you can’t wait to try Windows 11, you’ll have to wait a week. Microsoft has confirmed that the first Insider build of Windows 11 will begin streaming early next week.