A year after the launch of Windows 11, Android applications and the Amazon App Store are finally arriving in France. A new use is opening up for Windows tablets.
For a year, French Windows 11 users may have been unhappy with the number of applications available on the Microsoft Store, especially if their Windows PC offers tablet use with a touch screen. In the United States and some parts of the world, Microsoft offers users to install touch-optimized Android applications directly from its store.
After a long wait, all this finally arrives in France.
Android apps, but without Google
This availability of Android applications on Windows 11 comes at the same time as the launch of Windows 11 2022, the major update of the system.
According to Microsoft, 900 million unique users have used the Microsoft Store over the last 12 months, representing a growth of 122% over the year. This growth is strongly driven by the addition of new applications or games to the store by developers. In the coming weeks, Microsoft will add support for the Amazon App Store in France, but also in Spain, Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan and several other countries, 31 in total.
These territories will therefore be able to access 20,000 Android applications and games available on the Amazon App Store. They are therefore applications developed without Google Play Services. The American giant has not signed with Microsoft to offer full support for the Google Play Store in the Windows 11 Microsoft Store. Microsoft finds itself in somewhat the same situation as Huawei, deprived of Google services, but still able to offer Android applications in the broad sense.
This ignition delay in France will still allow users to benefit from the start of the improvements developed by Microsoft over the past year for Americans. Microsoft announces that it has doubled or tripled the graphics performance in games in particular.
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