For years, users have been trained to download and run .exe,
.msi applications, and then go through the long installation
process where you have to choose the path and click on ‘next’
The process is time-consuming and it requires manual
interaction. Today, Microsoft announced that the company is
adding a built-in package manager to Windows 10. This would
make it easy for you to install desktop apps without having to
click through a number of installation windows.
For example, you can launch Windows Package Manager and run a
new “winget” command to get the latest version of any app you
want to install. You can simply run “winget install PowerToys”
to install it without going to the Github, third-party websites
or Microsoft Store.
Windows Package Manager has its own package feed that is
created and maintained by Microsoft. Users can also add new
apps to the package feed and you can even download apps from
Once you enter the above command with the app name, Windows
Package Manager will simply download the program and install it
without any further interaction from you.
Windows Package Manager currently supports the following
- install – It allows you to install an app.
- show – It displays information about an app
- source – This would allow you to manage available sources
of an app.
- search – You can use it to find basic info of apps.
If you’re interested, you can join the Windows Insider program
and get it via the Microsoft Store. Or you can manually
download the package from here and
follow these steps:
- Enable Developer Mode (Go to Settings > Windows Updates
> Developers and toggle it on).
- Double-click on the app package of Windows Package Manager.
- Once installed, open PowerShell.
- In PowerShell, type “winget” to start using the Package
Microsoft plans to offer Windows Package Manager on Windows 10
version 1709 and newer.
Windows Subsystem for Linux improvements
In other news, Windows Subsystem for Linux is getting more
powerful and Microsoft is now making it easier to run Linux
applications in Windows 10.
Windows Subsystem for Linux will let you run Linux graphical
applications. In addition, Microsoft is enabling GPU hardware
acceleration support in WSL to let you run graphical Linux
It’s still about developers and Microsoft won’t let you run
Android apps within the WSL container. The update introduces
support for Graphical Linux desktop app, which should allow
developers to run integrated development environments for Linux
In addition, Graphics processing unit support will allow
developers to run parallel computation and even machine