Windows 11 is getting a revamped Microsoft Store where users can purchase software applications. Windows 11 will also allow Android apps to run natively on the operating system. Developers can integrate their own payment systems without paying anything to Microsoft. The new Microsoft store will also host Win32 apps.
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Microsoft wants to revive and popularize its download store for Windows by making it more attractive for developers to put their software in it. Microsoft does this by giving developers more freedom. This makes it possible to put Win32 apps in the Store and allows the software makers to integrate their own payment systems into the software. In this way, it is possible to circumvent the 15 percent commission that Microsoft asks.
With competing platforms, software makers must make all payments through the download store’s payment system. For example, Apple gets a 30 percent commission on all purchases within apps. Microsoft Store also currently charges a 15% fee, but in the new Store that is coming to Windows 11, that will change.
There have been rumors about the arrival of a new Microsoft Store with relaxation for developers. These now appear to be implemented in Windows 11. The renewed Store was missing in the leaked build of Windows 11. The new Microsoft Store also brings Android apps to Windows 11, via integration with the Amazon Appstore.
Windows 11 Will Natively Run Android Apps
Windows 11 will be able to run Android apps. Users will be able to download them from the Amazon Appstore, which is integrated into the Microsoft Store. Microsoft says that the apps run on Windows using Intel Bridge technology.
Microsoft announced support for Android apps during the Windows 11 launch. The Redmond tech giant showed that apps such as TikTok and Instagram work on computers with Windows 11. The apps run in windows and you can place them on the taskbar.
Microsoft has not yet provided any clarity about the technical operation. In the presentation, Microsoft mentions it is using Intel Bridge technology for it. There is no information on whether that means the Android apps will only work on Intel systems. Earlier, Microsoft partnered with Samsung to stream Android apps from Samsung devices to a Windows PC via the Your Phone Companion app.