Linux Command Added to Windows 10, With ‘More Coming Soon’
Today, at its Build 2016 keynote, Microsoft announced that the Linux command line, Bash, is coming to Windows 10 — which is without any doubt a big news for developers.
Of course, third-party tools or virtual machines have enabled this functionality for years, but bringing native support to the Windows platform should offer even more flexibility and convenience for developers, especially those who prefer working on Open Source software.
“The Bash shell is coming to Windows. Yes, the real Bash is coming to Windows,” said Microsoft’s Kevin Gallo on stage during his Build 2016 Keynote speech, which received an uproarious applause from the crowd.
“This is not a VM. This is not cross-compiled tools. This is native,We’ve partnered with Canonical to offer this great experience, which you’ll be able to download right from the Windows Store.”
More important than the announcement itself, the addition of the Bash shell is portrayal of Redmond’s refreshing approach towards open-source development. Further, with VP Terry Myerson teased “more coming soon,” we can expect that a modernized and extremely open Windows 10 is heading our way.
Microsoft will enable the new functionality as part of this summer’s Anniversary Update to Windows 10.
Gohar is the lead editor at TechFrag. He has a wide range of interests when it comes to tech but he's currently spending a big chunk of his time writing about privacy, cyber security, and anything policy related.