Microsoft ends support for Android apps on Windows 11, introduces new features

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Microsoft has officially ended support for Android apps and games on its Windows 11 platform as of March 5. Users who rely on the integration of Android functionality into their Windows environment will not be able to use the function any more. India Today reported that this decision comes alongside the discontinuation of the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA), responsible for enabling Windows 11 to run Android applications sourced from the Amazon Appstore.

With the closure of WSA, Android apps and the Amazon Appstore will no longer be functional on Windows 11 devices. Users need to back up their data before the services become inaccessible. While the shutdown of WSA may disappoint some users, Microsoft suggests exploring alternative methods for running Android apps on Windows, including emulators like BlueStacks.

Although Microsoft is terminating Android app support, the tech company has rolled out a new update for Windows 11, introducing several enhancements and built-in functionalities. Notable features include expanded control options for Copilot, Microsoft’s AI-powered assistant, which now offers Voice Shortcuts for accessibility. Additionally, a new Generative Erase feature has been introduced in the Photos app, allowing users to effortlessly remove unwanted objects from photos using AI technology.

Scheduled for late March, Copilot’s enhancements will enable users to prompt actions such as activating battery-saver mode and opening accessibility features like Narrator or Magnifier. Furthermore, Copilot will display available Wi-Fi networks, storage status, and facilitate emptying the recycling bin, enhancing user productivity and convenience.

Along with Copilot’s upgrades, the Photos app will now have new features like generative erase to enhance photo editing capabilities, while Microsoft’s video editor, Clipchamp, now has an AI-powered functionality to eliminate awkward silences from videos.

The introduction of these enhancements underscores Microsoft’s commitment to improving user experience and productivity on its flagship operating system.