Windows 11 to launch without support for Android apps

While the long-awaited launch of Windows 11 is slotted for October 5th, not all the announced features will be available. Android Apps, which are one of the main attractions for Windows 11, will not be available on October 5th. Microsoft had planned to bring the Android Apps to Windows 11 in association with Amazon and Intel but it seems like we will have to wait a bit longer before it comes to fruition.

Microsoft has, however, scheduled a preview of the Android Apps to be available for Windows Insiders in the coming months, making it likely that it won’t launch to all Windows users until some time later in 2022.

“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,” said Aaron Woodman, General Manager of Windows marketing at Microsoft.

While users will admittedly be disappointed with Android apps missing on day one, they can still look forward to the promised Microsoft Teams integration, a new design with an updated menu, Snap Layouts, Groups, Desktops for improved multitasking, and a revamped Microsoft Store app.

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Microsoft made it clear that Windows 11 will be available as a free upgrade for eligible Windows 10 PCs. However, new PCs will still get it first, followed by existing devices receiving the upgrade in the weeks and months to come. Microsoft says it expects to offer all eligible Windows 10 PCs a free upgrade to Windows 11 by mid-2022.

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