inging a bunch of new abilities to the platform. This comes despite the company not planning a full OS upgrade of Windows 11 until later this year.
At the launch of Windows 11, the company said it would switch from twice-annual updates to once per year. However, users will still get their hands on new features through what the company calls Experience Packs. These transform Windows updates by delivering features outside regular full update scheduling.
Furthermore, native Windows apps are now independent and can receive updates individually. It is part of Microsoft’s goal of having a modular update experience on Windows 11.
And that leads us to the February update that will drop an Experience Pack. This feature update will add tools to wide release that have been only available in preview until now. For example, a mute and unmute toggle for the taskbar that has been in the Dev Channel. Users can tap into this feature to avoid switching back and forth conferencing apps.
However, currently the tool is only available for Microsoft Teams.
Windows Subsystem for Android
Elsewhere, Microsoft is finally rolling out Android app support to all users, albeit still in preview. This is part of Windows 11 Build 21H2 22000, which will now get the Windows Subsystem for Android.
When Microsoft initially announced Windows 11 in June, one of the big announcements was support for Android apps, the company’s latest effort to address the App Gap. However, when Windows 11 started rolling out in October, Android apps were not included. They finally arrived in preview on the Inside later in October.
Microsoft is now bringing the preview to all Windows users. However, the number of available Android apps remains small. Microsoft works with the Amazon AppStore to deliver apps. It is expected the whole store will be available on the Microsoft Store in the future.
Tip of the day: For the most part, Windows apps are stable, but they can still be still thrown out of whack by updates or configuration issues. Many boot their PC to find their Microsoft Store isn’t working or their Windows apps aren’t opening. Luckily Windows 11 and Windows 10 have an automatic repair feature for apps that can resolve such issues.