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Windows Subsystem for Android gives Insiders on Windows 11 H.264 hardware decoding, improved mail integration, and more

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What you need to know

  • Windows Insiders can expect an update to Windows Subsystem for Android.
  • It will include H.264 video hardware decoding, improved mail integration, networking changes, input improvements, and a tweak that will ensure there's no more forced enablement of 4X MSAA.
  • The update is shipping today and coming to Windows Insiders across all channels.

Windows Subsystem for Android on Windows 11 improvements are shipping today to all Windows Insiders. Everything from H.264 video decoding to better mail integration is on the docket.

You can identify the update as version 2203.40000.1.0 in the Microsoft Store. It contains H.264 video hardware decoding capabilities, meaning you'll (hopefully) get an improved high-definition video playback experience via the benefit of hardware-accelerated decoding.

Network changes are also part of this latest update, though those should be a background adjustment that doesn't overtly affect your experience. Mobile apps and Windows email clients will now have better integration, inputs will be improved to support better scrolling in Kindle apps and the Amazon Appstore, and 4X MSAA (Multisample anti-aliasing) won't be force-enabled. While MSAA can be helpful in certain contexts since it's an anti-aliasing solution that smooths jagged edges in games, it comes with performance tradeoffs that aren't always optimal. The ability to disable 4X MSAA could help certain setups achieve a better experience.

Choppy video playback and connected-standby-related app restarts are two known issues that remain on Microsoft's radar. As always, Microsoft asks for your feedback should you encounter any issues with the Windows Subsystem for Android. General feedback is also welcome.

You can see Microsoft's blog post here wherein all the above content is sourced from. And if you want more Android-related news, heads up that Android 12L is coming to Surface Duo later in 2022.

Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to robert.carnevale@futurenet.com.