Next up, an important detail regarding Windows 11’s support for running Android applications. While there’s no Google Play Services or Play Store, you can sideload any APK you want.
Microsoft has now confirmed that it will allow users to install any Android APK on Windows 11 devices. Yes, you can download a 3rd party Android APK file and install it on your Windows 11 device. This is a great decision by Microsoft as it enables consumers to install their favorite Android apps from various sources.
This is good news, and I’m sure it will take about four days for XDA to hack Play Services and the Play Store onto Windows 11.
As Microsoft just instigated a policy of apartheid leaving legacy users stuck with Windows 10 which is basically a death sentence as far as OS support goes any news regarding Windows 11 pretty much falls on tin ears.
I’ve run Linux Mint before so still have my setup notes from then. Most of my applications are cross platform or work in Wine. For anything else I tried both VirtualBox and VMWare and found running a VM was slower than I liked so am investigating QEMU/KVM and which version of Windows would be best. I’m leaning towards Windows XP as it is lighter on resources or Windows 7. Can Linux run Android in a VM? I have no idea.
There is also some spillover from Microsoft’s behaviour. My views immediately hardened against Google as they are part of the American oligopoly. My goals are to disentangle myself from Google.
Let us not forget that between the pair of them Microsoft and Google killed the European phone industry and much of what passed for the IT industry.