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Microsoft’s Catalyst

Tom Warren:

Microsoft is now allowing Windows 10 users to run Android apps side by side with Windows applications on a PC. It’s part of a new feature in Your Phone, and it builds upon the mirroring that Microsoft’s Your Phone app already provides. You can now access a list of Android apps in Microsoft’s Your Phone app and launch these mobile apps accordingly. These will run in a separate window outside of the Your Phone app, mirrored from your phone.

This new Android app support also allows Windows 10 users to multitask with other Windows apps with alt+tab support, and you’ll even be able to pin these Android apps to the Windows 10 taskbar or Start menu.

The apps are still running on your phone, but you can interact with them on your computer.

4 Comments

More like reverse sidecar than catalyst.

Seems so half baked compared to running them natively. I’m not sure I’m excited to run iOS apps on a Mac, but at least those programs are running independently of another device.

>Seems so half baked compared to running them natively

You can anyways already run Android apps natively on desktop operating systems. This is a different use case, and it actually seems more useful than running them natively in most cases, because you can switch devices without losing state.

>You can anyways already run Android apps natively
>on desktop operating systems

(In most cases, not technically natively, but close enough that the distinction doesn't matter too much.)

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