Apps for Windows 11 and Android: They’ll come at some point, but Microsoft hasn’t specified when

Apps for Windows 11 and Android: They'll come at some point, but Microsoft hasn't specified when

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  • One of the more exciting Windows 11 features Microsoft teased at its announcement event earlier this year was the ability to use Android apps on Windows devices. But if you were excited about Microsoft bringing Android apps to its app store, we’ve got bad news. Though Windows 11 will be released on Oct. 5 (with a staggered rollout), Android apps won’t actually be part of Windows 11 on launch day. A date still hasn’t been confirmed for when they will be available to the public.

  • Microsoft’s app store will bring a new way to run small-screen Android apps on larger-screen Windows 11 PCs — but it’ll be delayed. windows-laptop-how-to-tech-tip-cnet-2021-microsoft-surface-laptop-4-2021-start-page-windows-product
    Windows 11 will run Android apps.

The good news is, you don’t actually have to wait for Windows 11 in order to use Android apps on a Windows PC anyway. Currently, Android apps are available to use on Windows 10, but only with the Your Phone app that Microsoft rolled out last year. But if you’re curious about what happens when you upgrade, we’ll explain everything we know so far about Android apps on your future Windows 11 PC when they eventually arrive.

Windows 11 will begin rolling out to the general public on Oct. 5. (If you’re a member of the Windows Insider Program, you can download Windows 11 now.) Android apps were originally expected to launch with the latest software, but now it’s uncertain when that’ll happen. Here’s how some Android apps can be used on Windows 10 for now.

Along with eventual Android app support, Windows 11, which is a free upgrade, comes with a slew of cool features. The new operating system will also introduce a more streamlined design, an updated version of desktop widgets to personalize your PC’s look and feel, and new Xbox gaming features, among other new updates.

Most likely not. Microsoft said Windows 11 will be available as a free upgrade for eligible Windows 10 PCs and on new PCs. You can see if your PC is eligible by downloading Microsoft’s PC Health Check app. (Here’s how to use the PC Health Check app and other ways to determine if your computer will be compatible with Windows 11.) The free upgrade will be available into 2022.

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