During its Windows 11 event on Thursday, Microsoft announced that the next version of Windows and its new Microsoft Store will have built-in compatibility with Android applications. They will run natively on Windows 11 and will be available in the Microsoft store thanks to a collaboration with Amazon's Android app store.
"They can be integrated into Start. They can be integrated into the taskbar. They can be discovered through the Microsoft store through the Amazon app store," said Panos Panay, product manager at Microsoft. Microsoft. A video showed Android apps opening and closing and fitting into parts of the screen like any other Windows app.
Panay said Android apps run on Windows thanks to "Intel Bridge" technology. In a press release, Intel described Bridge as "a runtime post-compiler that allows applications to run natively on x86-based devices, including runtime." these applications on Windows ". If your eyes saw as soon as you saw the word "runtime", the bottom line is that Bridge translates the Android app code to encode your PC. that you understand without the app developer having to do anything.
This isn’t Microsoft’s first stab at getting apps from Android to PC, but it tried to offer developers a way to rework their apps for Windows 10, but this implementation never came out . Support for native operating systems is certainly better for both developers and users, and offers Windows 11 a feature comparable to Apple's new M1 laptops that can run Mac OS and iOS applications.
The partnership with Amazon is an interesting solution, however, and implies that Google did not want to integrate its own Android store into Windows 11 or Microsoft did not want to work directly with Google. Amazon's app store offers a smaller subset of apps than Google, though it will still have most of the regular apps that people use on a daily basis.