Android apps were coming to Microsoft’s Windows 11 operating system.
Microsoft officially revealed that Android apps were coming to Windows 11 operating system. This was being done through an integration with the Amazon Appstore.
9to5Google reported that Android apps will be integrated into Microsoft’s Windows 11 operating system, including the revamped Start menu, taskbar, and have the ability to take advantage of windowing defaults.
Under-the-hood, Intel Bridge technology was leveraged for a “smooth” and “seamless” experience. They’ll be discoverable through the Microsoft Store via the Amazon Appstore.
Microsoft advertised it as “Your favorite mobile apps now on Windows” with the experience primarily handled via Microsoft Store, which already had Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) and two forms of native Windows applications.
This included a listing that labels an experience from Android as a “Mobile App”, while everything from (phone) screenshots to descriptions and ratings/reviews were filled out.
That said, the traditional buy/install button said “Get from Amazon Appstore” with an icon that traditionally implied a link out to someplace else, and it looked like Amazon will have a sub-app store experience.
While the Amazon Appstore was likely one of the larger Android app stores out there, it didn’t have all the offerings that people would expect. That said, TikTok was available and got an on-stage shout-out from Microsoft Chief Product Officer Panos Panay.
Android apps on Windows 11 came as Microsoft’s Windows 11 operating system veered very close to Chrome OS both visually-wise and functionality-wise.
That new operating system will be available as a free upgrade from Windows 10 this fall.
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