Tech giant Microsoft announced that the upcoming Windows 11 operating system will allow Android applications to be downloaded in its store.
In Windows 11, applications, games, shows, movies are much easier to be discovered through the collection feature of Windows.
Popular applications like Microsoft Teams, Visual Studio, Disney+, Adobe Creative Cloud, Zoom, and Canva will be available in the Microsoft Store. The store was also redesigned to be more user-friendly.
Windows introduced a pop-up store that will work once you click the Microsoft Store download badge on a web page. The Microsoft Store will pop up and automatically manage the installation.
The new feature will also release editorial content and stories that will provide insights on the best applications. This will inspire users and developers to maximize the available applications in the store. (Read: Edge is the best browser on Windows 10, Microsoft claims)
This innovation was made possible with Microsoft’s partnership with Amazon. In an event last week, Microsoft officially announced its partnership with Amazon to bring their catalog of Android applications and games to Windows.
“Today we offer a broad selection of mobile apps in our Amazon Appstore, available across Fire TV, Fire Tablets, and Android devices that our customers use and enjoy every day … With this announcement, Amazon Appstore developers will now have the opportunity to make their Android apps available to hundreds of millions of Windows customers,” Amazon Appstore and Cross-Screen Technology Director Palanidaran Chidambaram said.
According to Amazon, their availability on Windows 11 will allow developers to expand their application reach to Windows devices. The store will be available later this year.
The new features of Windows 11 have more simplified designs for better use.
In the Start button, Cloud and Microsoft 365 will now show recent files regardless if you’re viewing them via desktop or through iOS or Android. Windows 11 will also innovate with key features such as the taskbar, font, and icon. The start button was also put at the center for easy access.
For multitaskers, Windows 11 also introduces Snap Layouts, Snap Groups and Desktops. These features will organize the tabs and windows, as well as optimize the screen to look visually clean. Aside from these, users can now also create different desktops that can be customized for different uses.
In addition, the chat feature of Microsoft’s Teams app can now be accessed through Android or iOS. Teleconferencing, chats, and video chats were now easier to be used in Windows 11.
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