Pleco for Windows Desktop


Am I the only one waiting for Pleco Desktop Releases? I have been waiting for this release since 2019 and there has been no news yet. Any take on this query from the Pleco Staff? Thanks


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You can use our Android app on Windows via an Android emulator right now, the APK is available to download from our home page at

As for a potential native Windows port, the timeline is that we plan to release a Mac Catalyst version along with or shortly after the next major update to our iOS app, and if that's successful, we'll consider developing a Windows version (after we've finished porting that new version of our app to Android). If it's borderline successful, we might do a Kickstarter or some such for the Windows version and only release it if we make enough money through that.

The basic problem is that a Windows port is a *lot* of work (far more than Mac, which has gotten pretty easy thanks to Catalyst, at least once you have a fully-optimized iPad app) and yet we expect that most people interested in one would already own our mobile app and not be willing to re-purchase everything at full price to use it again on Windows. So we need to figure out if there's any price point for a native Windows version where we'd make enough money to cover the cost of development. That also includes opportunity cost - working on Windows means not working on something else that would grow our business - and the fact that going from 2 platforms to 3 means that every future update takes longer since we have to spend more time porting it.


I'm not a windows user atm, but I decided to check on the current state of development of MS's windows subsystem for android and found this:

The current catches: It's US-only and officially you can only use the US Amazon store for apps, no google play.

You can, however, sideload both the subsystem and the apps themselves if you're willing to jump through some [command prompt*] hoops.

Caveat is: haven't tested, don't know if it works with Pleco. Would do it though if I was running windows.