Microsoft delivers the initial version of one of its key Windows 11 features. We take a first look at the WSA.
When Microsoft unveiled Windows 11, it promised a new set of tools developed in conjunction with Intel and Amazon that would allow Android applications to run on Windows devices. The Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) would use the same virtualization technologies as Windows’ Linux tooling, allowing Android apps to run on the Windows desktop, while translating ARM binaries to x86 and x64 where necessary. Apps would load from the Amazon Appstore via links to Windows’ own Microsoft Store.
Development of the feature wasn’t quite as fast as Microsoft expected, and the Android tools and Amazon Appstore didn’t make it to the October 5 launch. But it turns out they weren’t that far behind, with a preview release arriving this week for Windows Insiders on the Beta Channel.
Change is afoot in the chip manufacturing industry, and COVID-19-induced supply chain shortages aren’t the only thing to blame. Deloitte says this is how semiconductor companies can respond.
A study from Deloitte on business transformation in the semiconductor industry finds that there are big changes happening in the chip manufacturing world, and not all of them are due to pandemic-related supply chain interruptions.
It’s true that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a global chip shortage, but the common assumption that the pandemic was the cause doesn’t go far enough into understanding the state of the semiconductor industry prior to the pandemic, said Deloitte semiconductor sector for consulting lead Brandon Kulik.
“Semiconductor companies have under-invested in basic things like automation, they’ve honed in on selling the same products to the same customers and have been following Moore’s law to make their