Windows Subsystem for Android available on Windows 11

A tweet from a Microsoft development manager has revealed that Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) is now live.

The platform, which allows users to run Android apps on their laptop or desktop alongside Windows apps is available on Windows 11. However, according to the Global stats counter, only 15.44 per cent of PCs worldwide have installed Windows 11, which equates to fewer than 1 in 6 PCs.

Microsoft said in the Windows Experience blog: “To get started, simply head to the Microsoft Store on Windows app. We made it even simpler to discover Android apps and games. Like any other content, you will now find them in editorials and search results, you will see them in inline ratings and reviews, and you will be able to share a link to your favourite app with your friends.”

“The Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) continues to get better each month thanks to developer feedback. In the latest release, you will enjoy 2-3 times faster graphic performance with hardware acceleration, DRM video support, improved input handling across touch, mouse and keyboard, and several network and security improvements. Developers can sign up here to learn more about bringing Android apps and games to Windows 11.”

Despite the slow uptake of Windows 11, Windows still has the majority share of the global desktop OS market, with 76 per cent of the market, followed by OS X with 15.7 per cent and Linux with 2.6 per cent. According to The Register, most corporate users typically wait for 18 months after an OS has launched before upgrading their business computers.

The latest update, which has gone live as build 2210.40000.7.0, is now available in the Dev and Beta channels of the Windows Insider program and includes Chromium 106 and small improvements to the camera and general performance.

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