Android apps on Windows 11? Yup, and we've got details

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CNET 24 June, 2021 - 01:54pm 43 views

Will Windows 10 users get Windows 11 upgrade?

You'll be able to upgrade to Windows 11 for free if you're already a Windows 10 user. Windows 11 will be free to download for Windows 10 users. ... So long as your PC meets the minimum requirements, you'll be able to update to Windows 11 the same way you usually update to new versions of Windows 10. CNETWindows 11 will be free to download for existing Windows 10 users

When will Windows 11 roll out?

Upgrades to Windows 11 will begin to roll out late in 2021 and continue into 2022. During this time, we will be doing some behind-the-scenes testing and validating for your specific PC. Windows Update will provide an indication if and when your PC is eligible. You can check by going to Settings/Windows Update. microsoft.comUpgrade to the New Windows 11 OS

Microsoft is bringing Android apps to its new app Store, the software giant announced during its Windows 11 launch event Thursday. A fast-tracked way to use Android apps on the Windows PC will be integrated into the new Windows 11 software once it's launched -- Microsoft hasn't revealed an official release date yet but said the new Windows 11 operating system will arrive this holiday season.

Currently, Android apps are available to use on Windows 10, but only with the Your Phone app that Microsoft rolled out last year. Windows 11 will also introduce a prettified version of desktop widgets to personalize your PC's look and feel. In addition, new Xbox gaming features will come to Windows 11.

Microsoft hasn't released an official date for when Windows 11 would be available to the general public, but we do know it'll be available this holiday season. Once it launches, Android apps are expected to be in the new Store via Amazon's Appstore. Here's how some Android apps can be used on Windows 10 right now.

Most likely not. Microsoft said Windows 11 will be available as a free upgrade for eligible Windows 10 PCs and on new PCs this holiday season. You can see if your PC is eligible by visiting Windows.com and downloading the PC Health Check app. The free upgrade will be available into 2022.

Windows 11 is coming in time for the holidays.

Microsoft will be bringing all the Android apps on Amazon's Appstore (currently nearly 500,000 of them) to its Store. This includes Disney Plus, TikTok, Netflix, Pinterest, Uber and more, but not every one of the Android apps on the Google Play Store (around 3.5 million). 

Yes, but there's a catch. If it's an Android app you're trying to download, you'll need to download the Amazon Appstore app and log in to your Amazon account to do so.

For more information, here's everything to know about Windows 11 features. Plus, see everything Microsoft announced during its virtual event.

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Windows 11 system requirements are bad news for old laptops and PCs

TechRadar 24 June, 2021 - 11:03am

These system requirements, which we list below, are bad news for people with older laptops and PCs, as it may mean you can’t upgrade to Windows 11. However, you’ll still be able to use Windows 10 for the next few years at least – with Microsoft supporting the OS until October 14, 2025.

Perhaps the biggest issue for people running older hardware is that 32-bit systems are not able to run Windows 11.

By being 64-bit only, Windows 11 can be more ambitious and not held back by catering for 32-bit systems.

However, this probably won’t be too much comfort for people using 32-bit hardware, who will now have to completely upgrade their gadgets to get Windows 11.

Another big change is that Windows 11 Home users will need to be connected to the internet when they first set up their device. They will also need to have a Microsoft Account – local accounts won’t be accepted.

While Microsoft claims this will help Windows 11 Home be a more connected operating system which is better customised to your interests, and you’ll only need to be connected to the internet during the initial setup, this will still be concerning for some people.

If you live in an area with poor internet connectivity, for example, then this could cause problems. For people who don’t want a Microsoft Account, this could also prove annoying, but at least they are free.

This only affects Windows 11 Home – Windows 11 Pro will continue to allow offline setup.

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