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Windows' subsystem for Linux to emerge soon from beta, Microsoft promises

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July 31, 2017

Microsoft has promised the IT community that its Windows subsystem for the Linux operating system will emerge from beta soon to become a full fledged, supported feature of the Windows 10 OS update.

Rick Turner of Microsoft has revealed the status change last week, noting that the beta version has already ended for users of Windows 10 insider build number 16251.

For now, some beta users have found it handy for developers specifically, but the beta is missing many useful features, nevertheless. For now at least.

There's still no indication that some of the omissions have been addressed. Despite past versions of WSUL offering the opportunity to run the Ubuntu desktop, we're now told that the software behemoth has no current plans to support X/GUI apps, desktops or servers.

Nor does the company intend users to run workloads of any importance inside WSUL. But the announcement post does hint at better two-way interaction between Windows and Linux with the reminder that while Linux files are not accessible from Windows, Microsoft is still working to improve this scenario over time, the company told us.

In other news, Microsoft has revealed that it is adding a default virtual switch to allow virtual machines to share the host’s internet connection using NAT to desktop Hyper-V.

The new release, already appearing in fast-track Windows Insider builds, also offers a gallery of virtual machines hosted either locally or by Microsoft, enabling you to quickly select an image to run up as a VM. We'll keep you posted.

Source: Microsoft.


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