Microsoft is preparing for its first big Windows 11 (opens in a new tab) update. Follow the new blog (opens in a new tab) by Panos Panay, Product Manager for Windows, development ahead of schedule, suggests that the update could arrive earlier than originally planned in mid-2022. Along with tweaks, enhancements, and calculations various user interface features, perhaps the most anticipated feature is the inclusion of support for Android applications.
Being able to run Android apps from within Windows is a pretty big deal. Both Chrome OS and macOS already have this feature, but it’s still a surprise (opens in a new tab) when Microsoft announced that they were adding support. Android app support is available through an internal channel, but the public preview is a big step on the way to an official release. Microsoft is planning to roll out public previews of Android apps for Windows 11 in February.
What’s interesting is that Google itself is working on an app (opens in a new tab) that will allow you to play both emulated and native Android games on your PC for the first time.
Other new features coming in the update include the return of the Microsoft taskbar weather widget. The taskbar itself will be tweaked and Notepad is important (opens in a new tab) and Media Player applications will be upgraded.
With an explosion of work from home apps like Slack and Zoom along with Microsoft’s own Teams app, the Windows Update will include a simple taskbar functionality that lets you share your screen with your friends. remote users.
Panay talked about how great he thinks Windows is, as you’d expect from one of its leaders, but he also presented some stats. He claims that users are upgrading from Windows 10 to 11 at twice the speed of Windows 8 to 10. He also says that user feedback and product satisfaction are as high as any session. Which version of Windows?
The update release date has yet to be revealed but even with Panos Pinay’s optimism, it could still be a few months away.