After Microsoft canceled the so-called Astoria project, the company began to look for other options for implementing support for Android applications in Windows 10. Microsoft moved farthest in this regard with Samsung by streaming of apps launched on a smartphone through My Phone app; but the company decided to go furthermore.
The idea promoted by the Latte project is to allow the developer of Android applications to package their apps and games in the proprietary MSIX installer format. Reportedly, the project is based on the Windows Subsystem for Linux and primarily involves the placement of Android applications in the Windows Store directory. That is, you will not be able to directly run the APK on Windows 10. According to the source, the Latte project will finally allow Microsoft to bridge the gap in the number of applications for Windows and Android.
It is not yet clear when we will see the real implementation of the Latte project in custom Windows 10; but at best, full support for Android applications in Microsoft OS will appear at the end of this year.
The latest version of Windows 10 continues to gain popularity
AdDuplex has published the results of a recent study of the prevalence of different versions of the Windows 10 operating system.
As of the end of February, the most recent major Windows 10 update (October update labeled 20H2) gained 13.6% share; however, it could not overtake Windows 10 1909 fall 2019 update from 26.8% and break into second place.
The first place continues to be occupied by the May update of last year Windows 10 2004 with a share of 41.8%. And if the share of Windows 10 1909 fell slightly over the month from 31.2% in January; then Windows 10 2004 and Windows 10 20H2 increased by 2 and 3.2 percentage points.
On the fourth, fifth and sixth place are the versions 1903 with 5.8%, 1803 with 1.7% and 1809 with 1.4%. They are all no longer supported by Microsoft.
The study involved about 80 thousand computers with the installed Windows 10 operating system.
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Windows 10 version 2004 update is finally available for everyone
Microsoft very gradually rolled out the largest update of its operating system last year – the May update of Windows 10 (version 2004).
And only now, 8 months after the release; Microsoft announced that the Windows 10 May 2020 Update is finally ready for “widespread deployment.”
Essentially, this means Windows 10 version 2004 is free of major bugs for most configurations; and is ready to be installed on all PCs.
Microsoft initially didn’t provide Windows 10 May 2020 Update for all PCs. This version ended up with a long list of recognized issues; and the company blocked propagation to systems with certain parameters. Despite all the limitations, users faced Blue Screens of Death for a variety of reasons; refusing to work with the Google Chrome browser and other similar troubles.
Work on eliminating numerous critical failures was carried out for many months and only in January 2021; all locks and installation prohibitions were removed.
The “widespread” status also means that users can now directly install Windows 10 May 2020 Update on an earlier version of Windows 10, even if the PC has compatibility issues.
Meanwhile, Microsoft is gearing up to launch the next major update – Windows 10 21H1. We expect the release in May or June.