The first day of Microsoft’s virtual Build Conference has some interesting revelations. These include the announcement of running Linux GUI apps on Windows subsystem for Linux, a new Windows Terminal, and an updated Windows Project Reunion. Microsoft is expected more announcements regarding Windows at a separate conference later.
Making it Easier to Run Linux tools on Windows
Microsoft has long promised to make it easy for developers and users to run Linux tools on their Windows systems and is finally making it now. After several refreshments to Linux Subsystem for Windows (WSL), the maker has announced a preview of Linux GUI apps on WSL today. This will let developers run Linux tools, commands, and other utilities on the Windows 10 system.
This eliminates the hassle of running Linux on a virtual machine software and instead completely in the latest Windows 10. The just-announced preview is already available for the latest Windows 10 Insiders, and Microsoft now saying “generally available” means more insider builds of 21362 and higher getting this support.
While it’s still a long way coming to the general users, Microsoft has got a new WSL feature to excite Linux developers. This is the ability of applications to use system GPUs on Windows for better performance. Things like Linux AI and machine learning in WSL should have better results on leveraging this support.
Apart from WSL things, Microsoft announced a new update to Windows Terminal (v1.9 preview), which now includes a new feature called Quake Mode. Enabling this will let the user open a new Windows Terminal from anywhere, just with a keyboard shortcut. Also, a new version of the Project Reunion software development kit aimed at abandoning the gap between Universal Windows Platform and Win32 was formed since Windows 8.