Microsoft officially presented Windows 11. There have been many new features that have been announced, from design improvements to changes in the way the interface is used, but one of them has drawn our attention is the possibility of running Android applications on computers with Windows 11.
To achieve this, the company will integrate the Amazon application store into its Microsoft Store. The Microsoft Store will then allow you to download Android applications, which will be compatible with the operating system thanks to the Intel Bridge technology. This compiler is what enables Android apps to run on Windows 11 computers that use processors based on the x86 architecture.
Windows 11 will adapt the interface to the application format so that it can be used correctly. In this way, users will be able to use apps such as TikTok, YouTube and many others from the Windows desktop.
The novelty is that this function will not only be available on computers with Intel CPUs but will also work with both AMD and ARM processors.
Apart from that, Microsoft has announced that developers will be able to use their own payment gateways in those applications that they publish in the Windows 11 store. Therefore, developers can obtain 100% of their profits with the income they generate in their apps or services.
Those developers who prefer to use the Microsoft payment platform will lose a 12% commission for each sale. Google and Apple do not allow developers to use a separate payment method. Both companies also keep 30% of the profits, 15% in some cases.
Finally, it is confirmed that we can install Android APKs outside of Microsoft Store. According to The Verge, Windows 11 users will have the ability to sideload Android apps onto the operating system.
The Microsoft Store will also support Win32 applications, which will allow formats such as .exe or .msi. Developers will also be able to host their applications and updates on their own CDN platforms. Opening to new formats will considerably increase the catalogue of apps in the store itself. In fact, Microsoft has already confirmed some of the applications that will be available to download from the platform. One of them is Teams, its popular video calling app that will be integrated into Windows 11.
Microsoft’s revamped app store, which will include a Windows 11-like aesthetic, will be available in the next Windows Insider build. It will reach all users in the Fall, and it will also be integrated into Windows 10. Compatibility with Android apps will not be available until the end of the year, as confirmed by the company itself.