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Microsoft announces plans to bring Android apps to Windows 11

Microsoft announces plans to bring Android apps to Windows 11

Microsoft, a multinational technology company, has reportedly announced its intention to bring Android apps to Windows 11 at the recently held Windows event.

Following the integration, the Android apps will natively function on Windows 11 and can be downloaded from the Appstore of Amazon through the new Windows store in the operating system. In addition, the apps will be listed in this store, which can be pinned to the taskbar and snapped alongside the traditional Windows apps.

Furthermore, the American tech company is collaborating with Intel to leverage its Bridge technology for the upcoming innovation. However, the Android apps will still be accessible from both AMD & Arm-based systems. During the latest event, the company has demonstrated the functioning of apps such as TikTok on Windows 11, in addition to the availability of other apps like Uber, Yahoo, and Ring. It is apparently unclear how many existing devices with Windows 11 will support the Android apps, as the firm is emphasizing the usage of the Intel Bridge technology to run the apps.

The recent announcement is a part of Microsoft’s original plans to enable Windows developers to rework the existing apps for Windows. The plan, dubbed Project Astoria, was a potential way to convince the developers to port apps and simplify the process. This plan fell apart eventually in less than a year, as the company believed that the deployment of two bridge technologies to bring the code from mobile OS to Windows was not crucial.

Over the past years, Microsoft has been conducting experiments to natively run Android apps on Windows, ahead of the launch of its Windows 10. The company further proceeded to convince developers to use its Universal Windows Platform. The latest innovation to directly integrate Android apps on Windows 11 can be considered a significant move, which is likely to bridge the gap between Windows and Android.

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