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MICROSOFT BUILD Windows still runs the industry, and among all the Azure and Power Platform hype at Microsoft’s annual Build developer conference, the company had some good news for Windows users.

The first is about the Amazon app store preview. It comes after the announcement earlier this week that Windows Subsystem for Android is currently running on Android Open Source Project (AOSP) 12.1.

After an incomprehensible delay, Microsoft has now added countries in addition to the United States. Users in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom will be able to preview the Amazon app store by the end of the year. However, there appear to be no official means to access apps other than those brought to Windows 11 via Amazon.

To entice developers to use the Microsoft Store, the company recently announced the termination of the waitlist program for Win32 apps. “Any software that runs on Windows is welcome on the Microsoft Store,” it claimed, “including C++, WinForms, WPF, MAUI, React, Rust, Flutter, and Java.”

Microsoft unveiled “Microsoft Store Ads” at Build 2022, replacing the Microsoft Ad Monetization platform for Windows UWP apps, which shut down in 2020. The technology, powered by Microsoft Advertising and dubbed “coming soon,” will “help developers showcase their products to the appropriate user at the right moment and help consumers discover new experiences.”

Windows on Arm

Microsoft also launched Project Volterra, hardware for programmers powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon compute platform and intended to enable the development of local AI-accelerated workloads on Arm-compatible devices, indicating that Windows on Arm is still alive and well. The platform’s inbuilt Neural Processing Units (NPUs) are all the rage, and Microsoft predicts that the technology will eventually be found in almost every computing device.

We can only hope it has more horsepower than the Snapdragon 7c-powered QC710 Arm desktop of 2021, which Microsoft didn’t want to say too much about (it “will share additional specifics later date” was the boilerplate response).

The “end-to-end Arm-native toolchain for Arm native apps,” also announced, is much more intriguing. Visual Code and Windows Terminal are designed to be cross-platform, but Visual Studio 2022 operating natively on Arm is a far more exciting proposition, especially given how long it took to get to the 64-bit form.

A preview of it and other eye-catching components like the “classic”.NET Framework will be available “in the coming weeks.”

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