Microsoft drops support for Windows Subsystem for Android

Windows Subsystem for Android, or simply WSA, didn't stay long with us. Being introduced in Windows 11, it already becomes deprecated. Microsoft is ending support for it beginning March 5, 2025.

Windows 11 Subsystem For Android

This doesn't actually mean that Amazon Store and your installed apps will stop functioning right on March 5, 2025. But this means that the company will stop testing new features against compatibility with WSA. Eventually, Microsoft will remove WSA from Windows 11, but this will be additionally announced.


As Microsoft is discontinuing support for the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA), the Amazon Appstore on Windows 11 will no longer be supported after March 5, 2025. Amazon and Microsoft are working together to ensure a seamless transition for developers and customers of Amazon Appstore on Windows 11.

Developers will not be able to submit new apps targeting Windows 11 after March 5, 2024, but those with existing apps can still submit updates until Amazon Appstore on Windows 11 is fully discontinued.

Beginning on March 6, 2024, Windows 11 users will no longer be able to search for Amazon Appstore or related apps on the Microsoft Store. However, users can still access and receive updates for any Amazon Appstore apps that they have previously installed.

Microsoft has started testing Android apps on Windows 11 in October 2021. It offers a limited set of apps includes social media, productivity apps, creative tools, and other software. In collaboration with Amazon and apps devs, Microsoft offers access to Amazon Store and also allows sideloading APKs.

With the short-lived Windows Subsystem for Android, you can seamlessly run native Android apps on your desktop by utilizing a virtualization layer that replicates the Android software from AOSP.

Subway Surf For Android Running In Windows 11

This feature facilitates input device support, audio, network connections, and hardware acceleration, enabling exceptional performance for gaming. Additionally, users can enjoy multiplayer games and utilize network apps while conserving system resources, as WSA loads components only when required.

The official note is here.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

One thought on “Microsoft drops support for Windows Subsystem for Android”

  1. Welp others are using third-party Android emulators (Bluestacks, NoxPlayer, Google Play Games (currently on Beta)) , or some Android apps don’t work on WSA. Another M$ wasted feature on Windows 11.

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