Once upon a time, Windows was the operating system that ran the world, with Mac OS a distant second and Linux holding an invisible world of networks and servers. Today, however, not only Linux and macOS have moved up the hierarchy, but also Android, iOS, iPadOS and even Chrome OS to fight. Instead of admitting defeat completely, Microsoft is embracing some of these rival platforms, rumored to have a deeper integration with Android that would allow its mobile apps to run directly on Windows 10 by 2021 at the very least.
Obviously, it is already possible to run Android applications on Windows. There are emulators and tools like Bluestack that focus more on games, as well as Microsoft’s Your Phone utility, which can run applications from a compatible Samsung Galaxy phone as if they were native. Based on the brief synopsis of Windows Central, Microsoft may be looking for something even more perfect that would allow users to install Android apps from its Microsoft Store.
To some extent, this would mirror Chrome OS’s own ability to run Android apps natively, which requires support for Android’s own runtime on Windows. Given the open nature of Android and Microsoft’s own experience, not to mention his work with the Windows for Linux subsystem, this is not entirely outside the realm. Running Android apps natively, however, is only part of the equation and Microsoft will have to do a lot more work to make it a compelling and compelling feature.
The biggest question mark will be support from Google Play, something that Google is unlikely to want to allow. Without the Google Play Store and services, Microsoft will have to follow Huawei or at least create its own app store, called Samsung. None, however, would be an ideal situation.
The report also brings some news to Windows 10X that could end DOA by the time it is released in the spring of 2021. This “lightweight” edition of Windows 10 will not only run on traditional laptops and tablets, but will not receive support for applications win32 by 2022. Microsoft is supposed to depend more on streaming “Cloud PC” apps and maybe support for Android apps until then.