American tech company Microsoft has transformed the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) into an app that people can simply download and install from the Microsoft Store on Windows 11.
According to ANI, the preview version in Windows 11 allows users to install Windows Subsystem for Linux without having to head into add/remove programs and selects WSL as an optional inbox component for Windows.
It is further reported that the app will now be serviced through the store, which means Microsoft can update WSL independently from Windows, allowing WSL users to “get the latest WSL updates and features faster, and without needing to modify the Windows version.”
As there are no new changes with this store app version, which means future updates can appear without needing to wait for a bigger Windows release or update.
Microsoft enabled Linux GUI apps on Windows 10 for developers last year, and features like this will be available immediately in the Microsoft Store in the future. It appears that this Microsoft Store app for WSL will only work on Windows 11.
Craig Loewen, Program manager of Windows developer platform, said, “Our goals are to make WSL in the Microsoft store the best way to install and use WSL, as you’ll be able to get the latest updates fastest through that route, and in the long term we’d like to move WSL users to use the store version.”