Microsoft announced last week that Windows 11 users would be able to install Android apps from the Amazon Appstore on their PCs. Now a Microsoft employee has said the operating system will be able to run sideloaded apps, too, in a bid to give Windows 11 users as many options as possible.
Android is an open operating system that allows its users to install apps, which are shipped as Android Package (APK) files, from a variety of sources. Platforms like the Amazon Appstore are somewhat popular, but many developers only release their apps to the Google Play Store. The fear was that Windows 11’s support of Android apps would be undermined by being limited to the Amazon Appstore because that platform lacks some of the most popular Android software.