Windows 11 will run Android apps thanks to Amazon and Intel

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The Next Web 24 June, 2021 - 06:57pm 36 views

Is there a Windows 11?

After weeks of leaks and hype, Microsoft today officially announced Windows 11, the next version of its desktop operating system. It'll be a free update to Windows 10 users. ... TechCrunchMicrosoft announces Windows 11, generally available by the holidays

How do I get Windows 11?

Most users will go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, and clicking Check for Updates. If available, you'll see Feature update to Windows 11. Click Download and install. (Here's more information on how to download Windows 11. CNETWindows 11 update: Price, compatibility, release date and more for Microsoft's new OS

Is the Windows 11 upgrade free?

Windows 11 will be available as a free upgrade to Windows 10 customers. This means that if you run a genuine Windows 10 copy on your computer, you will be able to download Windows 11 without having to pay anything extra. However, for fresh installations, Windows 11 may cost you. India TodayWindows 11: When you can download, price, upgrade options, other key details you should know

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Microsoft announced Windows 11 alongside a bazillion new features today, but by far the most surprising of these was the introduction of Android apps to Windows — no thanks to Google, apparently.

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These apps will, theoretically, be able to run on your PC just like any other app. While UI elements don’t appear to be fully resizable, you will still be able to arrange the app windows using the new Snap Layout feature.

The apps run using Intel Bridge technology, which basically translates Android apps to work on x86 devices, although how smoothly they perform remains to be seen. Moreover, Intel has confirmed to The Verge that the feature will work with AMD and ARM devices as well.

It’ll be interesting to see how well Android apps run on Windows devices. Microsoft’s Panos Panay claimed the technology will be “seamless and smooth,” but the proof is in the pudding. Microsoft did show off TikTok running on Windows, so I guess that’s something.

The fact that Microsoft is using the Amazon store is interesting, although it means you likely won’t be able to run apps that rely heavily on Google services.

It also makes me a little wary of the feature, as I can’t imagine Google is very happy about it, and I’m wondering if the company might seek a way to retaliate by making it more difficult for Android apps to run on other devices in the future. Android app compatibility is one of the selling points for Chrome OS, after all.

Still, it means that Windows 11 will instantly gain a huge range of apps, certainly more than what the Microsoft Store currently offers. Let’s hope they run well enough to be useful.

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I Have an RTX 2080 and i9-10900K, and I Can't Run Windows 11 | Digital Trends

Digital Trends 24 June, 2021 - 06:15pm

Microsoft just announced Windows 11, and the new operating system brings Android apps to Windows and multiple improvements to the Windows gaming experience. Assuming my machine was compatible, I downloaded Microsoft’s PC Health Check app just to double-check, and I was swiftly informed that my PC doesn’t support Windows 11.

The Windows 11 system requirements don’t call for much. Compatible devices need a dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and at least 64GB of storage. The system requirements also call for Trusted Module Platform (TPM) 2.0 support, which is apparently where my gaming PC got tripped up.

And I’m not the only one.

TPM comes from a chip on your motherboard. It’s a dedicated processor that handles hardware encryption, allowing users to sign-in through Windows Hello and use BitLocker on Windows 10. Since 2016, Windows has required PC manufacturers to include a TPM 2.0 chip on machines running Windows 10, but that doesn’t account for the DIY market.

Many consumer motherboards don’t come with a TPM chip installed. My Asus Tuf Gaming Z490-Plus board, for example, doesn’t have one. This has caused a lot of confusion for people checking to see if their computer supports Windows 11. It’s not immediately clear that TPM is the cause of the problem, and there’s not a clear-cut solution for enabling it.

You can check if you have a TPM chip by hitting Windows Key+R and typing in tpm.msc. If you have one, you’ll see a window with its details.

Asus and others sell dedicated TPM modules for around $50 that you can slot into compatible motherboards. Thankfully, you shouldn’t have to upgrade anything if your components were manufactured after 2016.

Although most consumer motherboards don’t come with a TPM chip, they do come with TPM firmware. This comes through Intel Platform Trust Technology (PTT), which looks and acts like TPM inside of Windows. Every motherboard is a little different, but you can enable the setting in your BIOS. Annoyingly, this setting is disabled on a lot of off-the-shelf boards.

Reboot your PC and spam the Delete key until you enter the BIOS. Unfortunately, there’s no telling where you’ll find the TPM setting. Look around for a Security or Advanced tab, keeping an eye out for a setting related to TPM or PTT. For my Z490-Plus motherboard, I had to change a setting from Dedicated TPM to Firmware TPM in the Advanced tab.

After that was done, I rebooted my PC to find that it did, indeed, support Windows 11. As long as you have a motherboard from the last few years, you should be able to enable TPM in your BIOS, too.

As mentioned, any motherboard from the last few years should have firmware TPM. If you have a board that doesn’t, there’s still a workaround to get Windows 11, at least temporarily. As noted by Digital Trends’ resident Windows expert Arif Bacchus, you can sign up for the Windows Insider program to download and install Windows 11 before it launches.

First, sign up for the Windows Insider program and enter the Dev Channel. That will give you access to the first build of Windows 11. Microsoft said it will allow “limited exceptions” to the full hardware requirements with these builds. You need to install at least one build by June 24 to continue to receive Windows 11 builds.

This is only a temporary solution, though. Once Windows 11 is officially released, you’ll either need a motherboard with TPM support (hardware or firmware) or you’ll need to revert back to Windows 10. Hopefully, there won’t be too many people stuck with that choice.

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Windows 11 will support Android apps

Good e-Reader 24 June, 2021 - 05:07pm

Windows 11 will be a new update available this fall and one of the most exciting developments is the Microsoft Store. It is undergoing a total redesign and it will support Android apps.  The apps will run natively on Windows 11 and will be downloadable from Amazon’s App Store, which has its own section.

Microsoft says it’s using Amazon’s App Store to bring Android apps to Windows 11. Apps will be listed in the new Windows store, and can be pinned to the taskbar or snapped alongside traditional Windows apps. Microsoft is also partnering with Intel to use its Intel Bridge technology to make this a reality, although the Android apps will still work with both AMD and Arm-based systems.

Apps will make sense for laptops, tablets and slates that are running Windows 11, they will see the most value out of this, since the apps will be natively supported and not emulated. This will allow for touchscreen interactions for apps such as e-reading apps, manga, newspaper or magazines. You will be able to swipe and gesture to turn the pages or adjust the fonts and settings with your finger. Microsoft Surface owners that have stylus compatibilities will be able to download the full Adobe Creative Suite and use Photoshop or Adobe Acrobat and sign documents.

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