Microsoft is set to talk more about what’s next for Windows at its June 24 event.
But perhaps some secret business has just been revealed via the rumored new Windows 11 operating system.
There is now some evidence that Microsoft is developing a native Android emulator for Windows, according to to report New released by MSPoweruser.
And information appeared in November of last year that Microsoft was working on bringing Android apps to Windows 10 21H2.
And it seems that the software giant is heading to name this version Windows 10 21H2 as Windows 11.
And now there’s new evidence of this work, with Microsoft’s chief software design engineer Hideyuki Nagase doing some work to get the Android emulator running well under the Windows Subsystem for Linux.
The report includes an entry Selected from the changelog for the latest version of Windows Subsystem for Linux.
The logs contain two specific mentions of Android.
One of them highlights fixing Android emulator window not moveable when there is no window. The other fix mentions fixing the Android Emulator window not moving and crashing when minimized.
Windows Subsystem for Linux is designed for developers, so it’s no surprise to see Android mentioned there.
The change is likely to only indicate errors that developers may encounter when working through their apps.
However, there is still a small possibility that it could be something bigger.
Microsoft’s new Windows:
Microsoft may use emulation in Windows Subsystem for Linux as a basis for bringing native Android apps to Windows and the Microsoft Store.
At the end of 2020, rumors suggested that Microsoft was working with developers to do just that, with a project known as Latte.
Considering that most of the apps rely on Google Play Services, the range of Android apps that you work with will be limited.
But combined with Android flags in the changelog, this indicates that it may be true for the next version of Windows.
Although it’s a bit of an exaggeration, the Microsoft CEO may have seemed to be excited about this at the Build 2021 developer conference.
In his keynote speech, he mentioned that the company will soon share one of the most important updates to Windows in the past decade to create greater economic opportunities for developers and creators.
And it didn’t stop there. It welcomes every content creator looking for the most innovative and open platform to create, distribute and monetize apps.
In the meantime, it is possible to run Android apps on Windows through the Your Phone and Link to Windows app, or through third-party programs.