Back when Microsoft made its big Windows 11 reveal, one of the surprising announcements was that it was bringing native Android support to its operating system. 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.
For this to work, Windows 11 will need an Android subsystem, which just appeared on the latest Developer Insider Preview. It doesn’t do much at the moment, but it is what will allow developers to play with Android apps on Windows.
This is possible thanks to Intel Bridge technology, which does the heavy lifting to allow these Android apps to run natively on x86 hardware. Don’t worry, this is also not something that will only work on Intel hardware, it will work just fine on your AMD PCs.
The revamped Microsoft Store will benefit from this support through a collaboration with the Amazon App Store. As we said at the time, it’s interesting that Microsoft decided to work with Amazon for this and not directly with Google. The Amazon App Store has a smaller selection of titles than Google’s, although all of the most common apps are present and correct, and are in a much healthier place than it looks. was a few years ago, which will surely only get better with this offer.
You don’t have to wait for Windows 11 to launch to run Android apps on your machine, as you can already do thanks to BlueStacks, which runs most apps and games without too much trouble. The latest version, BlueStacks 5, performs well on modern hardware and even supports macros and various rendering systems to make sure your games run.
Windows 11 will be released on October 5. So, shortly before we see how the native Android implementation of Windows 11 stacks up against the alternatives.