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Windows Terminal, Console and Command Line, Windows Subsystem for Linux, WSL, Windows Package Manager

Windows Terminal as your Default Command Line Experience

Hey Windows Terminal fans! This month we are delivering a servicing release and the next feature release is scheduled for January, so we figured we'd write a blog post discussing Windows Terminal as the default command line experience on Windows and what our future plans are. What is a default terminal? A default terminal is the terminal ...

Connecting USB devices to WSL

I’m a software engineer building tooling for Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code to support C++ embedded device development. These physical devices typically connect to a computer over USB, but we discovered we couldn’t use WSL to test our tools on Linux because it does not support USB. We weren’t alone — support for connecting ...

OneAPI/L0, OpenVINO and OpenCL coming to the Windows Subsystem for Linux for Intel GPUs

We are happy to announce, that in partnership with Intel, we are bringing support for hardware accelerated OneAPI/L0, OpenVINO and OpenCL on Intel GPUs to the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). Support for these APIs in WSL further increases the choices of compute APIs available to developers and ensures the best performance and functionality...

Windows Terminal Preview 1.12 Release

Windows Terminal Preview 1.12 is here and it's HUGE! This release adds the new features below to Windows Terminal Preview 1.12 and adds the features from this previous blog post to Windows Terminal 1.11. Windows Terminal 1.11 will also be receiving the Defaults page in the settings UI along with the default terminal functionality. You can ...

A preview of WSL in the Microsoft Store is now available!

The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) preview is now available in the Microsoft Store as a store application for Windows 11 machines! Installing WSL through the store will allow you to get the latest WSL updates and features faster, and without needing to modify your Windows version. Read on to see how that’s possible and what this means for...

Windows Package Manager 1.1

I’m excited to share some great news. We’re releasing Windows Package Manager 1.1. We’ve squashed some annoying bugs and added some highly anticipated features. The Windows Package Manager is being released to Windows 10 (build 1809 and newer) and Windows 11 as an automatic update via the Microsoft Store. The moment we’ve been waiting ...

Install WSL with a single command now available in Windows 10 version 2004 and higher

In the latest Windows Insider Preview builds, you can install everything you need to run WSL just by running wsl.exe --install. We’re excited to announce that this functionality is now officially backported to Windows 10 version 2004 and higher, which will make installing WSL on those builds much easier! Using wsl --install The process ...

Windows Terminal Preview 1.10 Release

It's Windows Terminal release day! This release introduces Windows Terminal Preview to version 1.10 and Windows Terminal will be updated to version 1.9 soon. Windows Terminal will include all of the features listed in the 1.9 blog post except for the default terminal setting and the ability to edit actions using the settings UI. We are keeping...

Windows Package Manager 1.0

We started a journey to build a native package manager for Windows 10 when we announced the Windows Package Manager preview at Microsoft Build 2020. We released the project on GitHub as an open-source collaborative effort and the community engagement has been wonderful to experience! Here we are today at Microsoft Build 2021… We are excited...

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