Windows 11 will be launched later this year and will not only provide a new user experience but will also allow users to run Android applications locally. Microsoft demonstrated how it supports Android applications on Windows 11 through a quick demonstration at a virtual meeting on Thursday. Redmond has partnered with Amazon to integrate the Amazon App Store into the Microsoft Store to allow Android apps to be downloaded on Windows 11 PCs.
However, the new operating system will also include Intel’s proprietary runtime compiler, which can run Android applications locally on a Windows PC. Microsoft showed off Android applications, including TikTok, which landed on Windows 11 through the Amazon App Store. “Windows customers will be able to find Android applications in the Microsoft Store and purchase them through the Amazon App Store,” Microsoft said in a blog post.
In addition to providing Amazon Appstore in the Microsoft Store to download Android applications, Microsoft has also partnered with Intel to provide mobile application support on Windows PCs using Intel bridge technology. This will allow users to run Android applications locally on their Windows 11 machines, even if they are not part of the Appstore.
As reported by The Verge, post-compiler technology will not only be limited to devices based on Intel processors but also apply to ARM and AMD machines. “Intel Bridge Technology is a runtime post-compiler that enables applications to run locally on x86-Windows-based devices, including running these applications on Windows,” Intel said in a press release, confirming Extensive support for running Android applications on Windows devices.
It’s not clear if the new experience can be used to run all Android apps or only a few apps. Microsoft also did not specify whether users can install Android applications directly from their APK files or require some extra effort, but Microsoft’s latest move has clearly indicated that the Windows manufacturer’s goal is to compete with Apple.
It recently introduced iOS application support on macOS. Microsoft has also expressed interest in building a bridge between Android users and Windows machines by launching the Your Phone application. It also provides better integration with Samsung Galaxy devices.