With its support for a Linux subsystem, Microsoft’s “Project Latte” will allow Windows 10 to run Android code.
Windows 10 could once again take a huge step forward in compatibility with the supposed support for Android apps. It is during the year 2021 that Microsoft is expected to unveil its “Project Latte”, a feature that would allow Windows to run Android applications with little or no code change.
The mainstay of this technology would be native support for a Linux kernel that Microsoft introduced over a year and a half ago. Microsoft is constantly improving this support which makes it more convenient for developers, but also more compatible with Android since Google’s operating system is based on Linux. There is no magic point, however: Microsoft must develop an Android subsystem and emulation layer for applications originally compiled for ARM.
We are not talking here about apps taken from the Play Store because it is unlikely that Google will allow possible compatibility, but Android apps distributed by the Windows Store and packaged in the MSIX format. It is therefore a question of facilitating the work of developers in order to make porting apps for Windows 10 ultra simple.
This compatibility with Android would not only allow Microsoft to respond to Chrome, which has supported Android apps since 2016. But also to make Windows 10 – which supports the PWA, UWP, Win32 and Linux application platforms – a “universal” system.
The “Latte” project should be announced next year for availability around the Windows 10 Fall Update.
Source: Windows Central