Windows Subsystem for Android is receiving a new preview update that makes a few important changes while also rolling out improvements. This update brings WSA up to Version 2304 and includes support for anti-virus tools, and RAM reallocation management.
First up is package verification for Android apps, which is essentially anti-virus for Windows Subsystem for Android. Specifically, WSA will now scan Android packages with the native Windows/Microsoft Defender before installing the app. Microsoft points out this provides security and ensures apps are malware-free.
Next in the changelog is RAM reallocation, which boosts the memory of Windows Subsystem for Android to offer a quicker user experience. Microsoft says that users can choose a specific RAM amount from available options or input a custom value.
Lastly for the new features, Microsoft is adding AppLink Support for Windows 11. This addition means Windows can now install Android apps when a user clicks a link from another program. In other words, installing apps on WSA without needing to visit the Microsoft Store.
Boosting Performance and Making General Improvements
If you are unfamiliar with WSA, it is a software engine that allows Windows 11 to support Android apps natively.
When Microsoft initially announced Windows 11 in June 2021, one of the big announcements was support for Android apps, the company's latest effort to address the App Gap. This is thanks to a collaboration between Microsoft and the Amazon App Store.
Microsoft has also made the usual unnamed performance improvements and general stability for WSA, while also updating the Linux kernel to 5.15.94. Version 2304 of Windows Subsystem for Android is currently in preview and available from the preview program.
This program is separate from the Windows Insider Program. To access the WSA update, check out Microsoft's documentation that shows you how.
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