At a June 24 event, Microsoft confirmed what has long been thought to be true. Windows 11 will support Android apps through the Amazon App Store. The apps can be installed locally and will run without a smartphone, appearing in the taskbar and Start menu.
Microsoft hasn’t shared many details, but rumors have indicated that the feature could be implemented using the Windows for Linux subsystem. All Android apps compatible with Windows 11 will be displayed in a special section in the Microsoft Store.
Microsoft has shown a screenshot showing apps that can run on Windows 11, and the TikTok app is one of them. The app can resize, it can be dragged and dropped into mobile view, and it doesn’t show up in full screen mode.
This is similar to the behavior of the Your Phone app, where you can sync apps from selected Samsung phones over Wi-Fi and the local network. The difference is that everything now works naturally, independent of phones and other devices.
In addition to supporting Android apps, Microsoft mentioned that the new Microsoft Store in Windows 11 will be more like an open storefront. The store will support all kinds of different apps, including Win32, UWP and PWA. This means that you’ll be able to find apps like Google Chrome in the Microsoft Store, and you won’t have to depend on going online to download Win32 apps from other sources.
Microsoft even showed off some new apps in the Microsoft Store in Windows 11. The list included Disney+, as well as Adobe Creative Cloud. Intel has been working with Microsoft on this technology, and Intel bridge technology will bring apps to life to create a smoother interaction.
As a jab at Apple, Microsoft even announced that apps could have their own commercial mechanism where developers could take all the revenue without Microsoft’s share.
It’s not yet clear when the feature will be available for testing, but it’s likely after Windows 11 goes public in the fall. Microsoft will need to test the feature as part of the Windows Insider program before launching it to the general public. So stay tuned for updates soon.