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When does 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

Does Windows 11 require TPM?

TPM 2.0 was only released in 2019, suggesting that PCs made prior to that year may be incompatible with Windows 11. In an email to CRN on Friday, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed that “TPM 2.0 is a minimum requirement; Windows 11 will not install without it.” CRNMicrosoft Now Says Windows 11 TPM Requirement Is For Version 2.0 CRN 2 hrs ago

Who will get Windows 11?

Microsoft will offer Windows 11 as a free upgrade. If you have a Windows 10 laptop or desktop, chances are your device will get Windows 11 for free. Microsoft will distribute Windows 11 the same way it did with Windows 10 that was launched five years back. Times of IndiaThese users will get Windows 11 for free

You can sideload Android apps on Windows 11, but you probably shouldn’t

Digital Trends 26 June, 2021 - 06:00am

Miguel de Icaza, who has worked with Microsoft in various capacities for several years, said that users will be able to load APK files — the file extension for Android apps — from Windows.

The need for sideloading apps is clear when comparing the number of apps on Google Play to the number on the Amazon App Store. Amazon’s service has several key apps missing from its library, including many leading password managers, Google apps, and Slack. The apps that are in the catalog don’t benefit from Google Play Services, either, which is at the heart of many of the most popular Android apps.

Sideloading gets around the problem by allowing you to install apps from anywhere, not just from a supported marketplace. Although that’s great for accessing apps you otherwise wouldn’t be able to use, the loophole is often used as a vehicle for piracy. Between 2013 to 2018, for example, pirated apps accounted for around $17.5 billion in lost revenue.

That’s bad business. Google responded to the rising rates of piracy by implementing antipiracy measures for Android games. The issue is that, although these measures can deter some piracy, they don’t get around security risks. Apps that don’t come from a traditional app store can contain malicious code, especially if they’re paid apps that you’re sideloading for free.

It’s not clear what role Android apps will play on Windows, though. It’s true that the Amazon App Store is missing several key apps, but many of them are still available as native Windows apps. With a theme of user “agency” running through the Windows 11 announcement, the ability to sideload apps looks like a way for Microsoft to give more control to users, not to offer apps that aren’t available.

Microsoft hasn’t clarified if Windows 11 will feature any security measures for sideloaded apps. With hardware encryption as a requirement for Windows 11, though, that’s probably a safe assumption.

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You can sideload Android APKs on Windows 11 - Android Authority

Android Authority 25 June, 2021 - 10:48am

However, a big question loomed over the announcement: would you be able to sideload Android APKs on Windows 11? Sideloading apps would allow you to install Android programs from outside the Microsoft Store, which would give you a much larger potential library.

Related: Microsoft officially announces Windows 11, coming this Fall as a free upgrade

It seems the answer to that question is “yes,” at least according to famed engineer Miguel de Icaza. Miguel is responsible for numerous software projects, including GNOME, and currently works at Microsoft. However, his Twitter bio explicitly says “Working at Microsoft, not speaking for them,” so we need to take this news with some skepticism.

Still, Miguel’s pedigree in the software space is very high, so it’s likely he’s correct on this news.

Of course, it’s not quite clear how sideloading Android APKs on Windows 11 will work. Will you be able to simply download an APK as you would an EXE, double-click it, and install it? Or will there be some sort of workaround protocol? We’ll need to wait to see how this develops.

In the meantime, though, you can get even more excited about Windows 11 landing this Fall!

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