Windows 11 can freely side-load Android apps through the APK file
At the Windows 11 conference, Microsoft announced that the system supports running Android applications, and then Microsoft engineers revealed that this version has a built-in Android subsystem.
This means that users can run Android applications directly on Windows 11, without the need to use previous streaming screen methods such as the Your Phone app.
In terms of application download channels, Microsoft announced that it has reached a cooperation with Amazon. Microsoft will introduce the Amazon App Store to the Microsoft Store for users to download Android apps.
It’s just that the Amazon App Store nominally contains millions of Android apps, but Amazon will only publish some of the apps submitted through review to the Microsoft Store.
So if users want to install apps through the Amazon store, they may find that there are not many apps. The good news is that Microsoft will not restrict installation channels.
Microsoft has now confirmed that it will allow users to install any Android APK on Windows 11 devices. The so-called side-loading means installing and deploying applications outside of the application store channels so that users only need to download the installation package to directly install and open it in Windows 11.
Microsoft did not elaborate on this approach but allowing sideloading means that users can download and install their favorite applications from any channel.
As for Microsoft’s unwillingness to elaborate, it may be because Microsoft discourages users from downloading applications from unknown sources, after all, this may download counterfeit software.
However, for Windows 11, Android applications are running subsystems, so even if a poisoned application appears, it should not affect the overall security of the physical machine.
After installing a poisoned application or a fake application, if the user fills in his account password in the application, it may be leaked, so it is right to discourage it.