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With Windows 11, Microsoft joins the Android application ecosystem

Microsoft presented this Thursday the new generation of its famous Windows operating system, which aims to facilitate access to applications downloaded on Android, the mobile system developed by Google.

Windows 11, the first evolution of the operating system from the Redmond (Washington) giant in nearly six years, will be available this summer as a free update for Windows 10 devices.

An initial version of Windows 11 will be offered to a limited number of users participating in a special program, which is intended to provide feedback to Microsoft before it is released to the general public.

“Today marks an important milestone in the history of Windows,” Microsoft chief Satya Nadella said in a video presentation. “It is the beginning of a new generation of computing, where everything is reinvented.”

Windows 11 customers will be able to use their Android mobile apps on their computer through the Amazon mobile app store.

Limit size, this virtual store lacks some of the most popular Android applications developed by Google, such as the Google Maps map service or Gmail email.

Microsoft’s chief product officer, Panos Panay, said he was “excited about this partnership with Amazon and Intel through the use of Intel Bridge technology.”

Microsoft has also launched an indirect shovel at Apple by presenting itself as a welcome platform for developers, who will be able to keep all the income generated by their services using their own payment service.

The Apple brand is the subject of much criticism for the amount of commission it imposes on developers who want their applications to be available in their App Store.

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Microsoft has also announced some cosmetic changes to the presentation of Windows (the “Start” menu is, for example, in the center of the taskbar by default) and an improved integration with the games on demand service of your console. Xbox.

dho / esp