Next month we’re bringing new experiences to Windows that include a public preview of how you can use Android apps on Windows 11 through the Microsoft Store and our partnerships with Amazon and Intel, taskbar improvements with call mute and unmute, easier window sharing and bringing weather to the taskbar, plus the introduction of two new redesigned apps, Notepad and Media Player.
Definitely some welcome changes for Windows users.
I’m not missing Windows and pretty much blanking out all the circulating marketing and propaganda on this topic. I trialed and used Windows and Linux Mint with cross-platform apps in dual boot and with both hosting each other in a VM for over a year. Windows 11 was the last straw and I switched over within weeks of announcing this decision. The next point release of Linux Mint contains equivalent bullet points for those who care. I cannot think of any pressing need to run Android apps on a desktop OS. On Mint I also have a weather applet on the taskbar configured to get its data from the Met Office. For UK weather the Met Office are the gold standard. Their work as well as Ordnance Survey is worth reading up on. Arguably it was their work which won D-Day although this is by no means to grab the glory or downplay others efforts to rid the world of the Nazi’s.
I’m not a big fan of public previews (or beta as they used to be called). My view is if you need a public beta you A.) Don’t know what you are doing or B.) It’s a marketing exercise. There is the much rarer C.) Seeking feedback because you’re including users in the decision loop. That’s fine if it means something.
I still think Microsoft need to get done for abuse of market position over Windows 10/11. I’m also squinting very hard at Microsoft’s increase in profits of 20%.