Microsoft says Android apps won't be available for Windows 11 on Oct. 5 launch

The tech giant said it'll offer a preview test version of the delayed technology in the "coming months."

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Microsoft says it still has some some wrinkles to iron out of the highly anticipated Windows 11 feature.


Microsoft's delaying one of the most highly anticipated features of its new Windows 11 software. The tech giant said it won't offer Android mobile phone apps on its new app store for PCs when its next iteration of Windows launches on Oct. 5 as a free upgrade for many users. Microsoft didn't give a date for when Android apps will be made available either. 

Instead, the software said it plans to offer the new feature, developed in partnership with Intel and Amazon, available in a "preview" test "over the coming months."

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"We look forward to continuing our journey to bring Android apps to Windows 11," Microsoft said in its short statement on the matter Tuesday.

The move marks the first major setback for Microsoft's upcoming Windows 11 software, which is launching six years after Windows 10 hit store shelves. The new Android app support feature was an important selling point, alongside new visual looks, better organizational tools and improved gaming performance.

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Microsoft announced its Android app support in June, saying people will be able to find search for and install Android apps from its Microsoft Store on Windows 11. The apps would be offered through a partnership with Amazon. Before Microsoft made its plans public, there had been a couple of ways to access Android apps on Windows 10, including if you had a Samsung Galaxy phone. But Microsoft's new way promises to make it easier.

"It's just seamless and smooth," Microsoft's Chief Product Officer Panos Panay said when announcing the new feature.