NIXsolutions: Microsoft to End Support for Android Windows Subsystem

About three years ago, Microsoft introduced the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA), allowing Windows 11 users to run Android applications seamlessly. However, the tech giant recently surprised users by announcing the discontinuation of support for WSA effective March 5, 2025.


End of Support and Implications

Microsoft’s decision means that the Amazon Appstore for Windows and all apps relying on WSA will cease to be supported from the specified date. While users can continue using existing Android apps and games from the Amazon Appstore after this period, the ability to download new applications and updates will be disabled.

Starting March 6, 2025, Windows 11 users won’t be able to search for Android apps in the Amazon Appstore, marking a significant shift for those accustomed to this integration.

Collaboration and Developer Impact

In response to this development, Amazon has pledged to collaborate with Microsoft to ensure a smooth transition for developers and Amazon Appstore customers on Windows 11. However, the announcement prevents developers from uploading new Android apps for Windows 11 from March 5, 2024.

Developers with existing applications downloaded prior to the end of support can continue updating their products until the complete cessation of WSA support.

Background and Speculations

Initially positioned as Microsoft’s response to Apple’s integration of iOS apps on macOS, the collaboration with Amazon faced challenges, notably the absence of official access to Google Play. This hurdle might have influenced Microsoft’s decision to discontinue further development of WSA.

This move reflects the evolving landscape of cross-platform integration and raises questions about Microsoft’s future strategies in the mobile application space. Users and developers will need to adapt to this shift in the Windows 11 ecosystem, notes NIXsolutions.

The cessation of Windows Subsystem for Android support marks a notable change in the Windows 11 experience, particularly for those relying on Android apps through the Amazon Appstore. Microsoft’s decision prompts users and developers to reconsider their strategies and adapt to the evolving dynamics of the tech industry.