KEY POINTS

  • Microsoft unveiled Windows 11 on June 24
  • The new OS takes pride in its openness to third-party apps
  • In an interview, Microsoft's Satya Nadella made an interesting remark
  • He said Apple's messaging service is welcome to Windows

Shortly after the Windows 11 launch, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella shared that Apple would be allowed to bring its services, including iMessage, to Windows.

Microsoft rolled out Windows 11 on June 24. The major operating system update is designed to go beyond the walls of the Microsoft Store, according to MacRumors.

One of the things that set it apart from its predecessors is its openness to third-party applications. This means third-party developers can now contribute to Microsoft's goal to make Windows 11 a center of creativity.

Following the launch, Nadella discussed some of Windows 11's special features. In an interview with Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern, which has been uploaded to YouTube, Nadella said Microsoft is calling out to app stores and is inviting Apple to bring its iMessage to the Microsoft Store.

According to Nadella, Windows 11 would let users run Android apps. He also admitted that Windows' integration with iPhone remains inadequate. Considering this, he said Microsoft would "love to make sure that it works better." Nadella added that Apple can do whatever it wants on Windows.

Apple launched iMessage, its instant messaging service, in 2011. Although the Cupertino-based tech giant partially opened FaceTime to Windows and Android, iMessage remains exclusive to Apple users. Therefore, it can only run on iOS, iPadOS, macOS and watchOS.

It can be recalled that in 2020, Apple was accused of monopolizing the Apple App Store, reported 9to5 Mac.

According to Epic Games' lawsuit filing against Apple, the plaintiff accused the tech giant of trying to confine its customers into its ecosystem. Epic even used emails from executives to prove that the company had rationalized its decision not to develop iMessage for Android devices.

Part of the court filing mentioned Apple executive Phil Schiller's reaction to a former employee's complaint that iMessage was seriously locked in. In response, Schiller allegedly wrote, "Moving iMessage to Android will hurt us more than help us, this email illustrates why."

Satya Nadella, seen in November 2019, took over as Microsoft's chief executive in February 2014 Satya Nadella, seen in November 2019, took over as Microsoft's chief executive in February 2014 Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Brad Barket