When Microsoft made its big reveal of Windows 11, one of the surprising announcements was that the new operating system would have native Android support. Apps that act like normal Windows apps can be attached to your start menu, moved around, and generally treated as if they were native x86 entities, which is great news.
To make this work, Windows 11 will need an Android subsystem, which is something that was just released in the latest Programmer’s Insider Preview. It doesn’t do much at the moment, but it’s what will allow programmers to “play” with Android apps on Windows.
This is made possible by Intel Bridge technology, which does the hard work to allow these Android apps to run natively on x86 hardware. Don’t worry, this isn’t something that will only work on Intel hardware, as it will work perfectly on your AMD PCs.
The revamped Microsoft Store will receive this support through a collaboration with the Amazon App Store. As we mentioned at the time, it’s interesting that Microsoft decided to work with Amazon for this and not Google directly. Amazon’s App Store has a smaller selection of apps available compared to Google’s, although all the most common apps are present and functional.
It’s true that there are already several solutions to run Android applications on Windows, such as BlueStacks, however this will be a native option of Microsoft’s operating system.
Windows 11 will be released on October 5th. So it won’t be long before we see how the native Android implementation of Windows 11 compares to the alternatives.