But with the good came the bad.
And the bad news is that the operating system will not support Android apps at launch.
The native support for Android applications is something that was billed as a major selling point for this new platform. And while Insiders were really looking forward to testing the feature as part of the preview run, that never happened.
Likely because the Windows team did not manage to get things ready in time.
This is why, in the blog post, the software titan makes clear that this highly anticipated feature will only be added to the operating system at a later date. Testing of the Android apps support in Windows 11 is set to begin in preview for Windows Insiders in a month or two.
“We look forward to continuing our journey to bring Android apps to Windows 11 and the Microsoft Store through our collaboration with Amazon and Intel; this will start with a preview for Windows Insiders over the coming months.”
It is also possible that Google switching to a new delivery format for these applications also played a part in delaying the arrival of this feature in the operating system.
We do know that Amazon is making the necessary changes in this regard.
Microsoft will, of course, continue its collaboration with both Amazon and Intel to bake in support for Android apps in Windows 11. Even with a hopeful new direction for the Windows Store, the repository has a long way to go to catch up with other app stores and mobile platforms.
At least, when it comes to the selection of applications and games.