Microsoft Ends Android Windows Subsystem Support


Microsoft yesterday announced that Windows 11 will no longer have official support for Android apps and Games. This decision comes as a surprise to many users who were looking forward to the integration of Android apps into the Windows operating system.

Windows 11 users who have installed the Amazon App Store or the Android app will continue to have access to those apps through 5 March 2025 but not after.

As of 6 March 2024, Amazon plans to prevent new users from downloading the Amazon App Store from the Microsoft Store, Microsoft Store for Windows.

In a blog post, Amazon said:
”Customers may continue using Amazon Appstore apps that they previously installed and will be able to receive app updates [after March 6] ”

”Developers will no longer be able to submit net new apps targeting Windows 11 after March 5, 2024, but developers with an existing app can continue to submit app updates until Amazone Appstore on Windows 11 is fully disconnected”

The initial plan was to allow users to download and run Android apps on their Windows 11 devices through the Microsoft Store. This feature was seen as a way to bridge the gap between the two operating systems and provide users with a more seamless experience across different platforms.

However, Microsoft has now decided to backtrack on this decision, citing compatibility and performance issues as the main reasons for the change. The company stated that they want to focus on delivering a high-quality experience for Windows 11 users and that supporting Android apps would not meet their standards.

Sheltryn Parangira

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