Ask Windows Central: Why are there still legacy UIs in Windows 11?

Windows 11 Android App Store
Windows 11 Android App Store (Image credit: Microsoft)

Welcome to the fourth episode of our new series: Ask Windows Central, where we answer our communities most asked questions around Microsoft, Windows, Surface, Xbox, and the general tech industry. In today's episode, we answer questions around legacy UI on Windows 11, the new Microsoft Store, and the Snapdragon Developer Kit!

This week's episode features the following questions:

  • Will there be a point where we actually see legacy parts of Windows, like Control Panel & Device Manager, get redesigned, hidden or replaced with modern ones?
  • Will Android Apps be supported on Windows on ARM or only on Intel (App Bridge)?
  • When will Snapdragon Developer Kit for Windows release? Will it ship with Windows 11?
  • As Microsoft and Samsung have partnered on so much stuff, why did they go with the Amazon app store on Windows 11 instead of the Galaxy store?

If you have a question you'd like us to answer on the show, be sure to submit them in the comments below, or email with "Ask Windows Central" in the subject line! You can also join the Windows Central Discord and ask questions in the dedicated #ask-wc channel.

If you're on Twitter, you can tweet your question with the #AskWindowsCentral tag included, and make sure you tag either @daniel_rubino or @zacbowden so we can see it.

If you have any feedback about the show format, please let us know. We're building this show around you, so if there's something you don't like or think we should change, we're all ears. We hope you enjoy the episode, and look forward to getting back to your questions in the next one.

Zac Bowden
Senior Editor

Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter and Threads