Windows 11 finally has a release date. Microsoft announced that it would launch on October 5 for some computers, with a gradual rollout to follow. However, one disappointing aspect of the Windows 11 launch is a lack of native Android app support on day one, with the feature set to roll out later.
Update, 10/29/21: Although Windows 11 couldn’t run Android apps at launch, it’s now available in preview.
Android Apps on Windows 11
In the blog post announcing Windows 11’s release date, Microsoft’s Aaron Woodman said, “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 sounds like the feature isn’t quite ready for prime time yet, so the company will keep working on it and previewing it to users later.
Unfortunately, the prospect of running Android apps natively on Windows 11 was one of the main selling points for Microsoft’s latest OS, so this is definitely disappointing.
Windows 11 Is Still Looking Good
While the lack of native Android app support is disappointing, there’s still a lot of new stuff coming to Windows 11. There are Snap Layouts, Microsoft Teams integration, improved multitasking, the updated Start menu, and so much more coming.
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If you’re looking to upgrade to Windows 11, eligible computers can start downloading it on October 5, and all PCs should have it available by mid-2022.