Microsoft Brings Bash to Windows 10

NicoleMotta - March 31, 2016 - 10:26 AM

Microsoft Brings Bash to Windows 10

At Build 2016, Microsoft announced a new partnership with Canonical, bringing the Bash shell to Windows.

"The Bash shell is coming to Windows. Yes, the real Bash is coming to Windows," said Microsoft's Kevin Gallo on stage in the Build 2016 keynote on Wednesday. "We've partnered with Canonical to offer this great experience, which you'll be able to download right from the Windows Store." This feature will be included in an upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update for developers, explained Microsoft's Scott Hanselman in a blog post. "This isn't Bash or Ubuntu running in a VM. This is a real native Bash Linux binary running on Windows itself. It's fast and lightweight, and it's the real binaries," said Hanselman. "Running Bash on Windows hits in the sweet spot. It behaves like Linux because it executes real Linux binaries. Just hit the Windows Key and type bash."

In addition to the new Bash support, Microsoft's Windows 10 Anniversary Update will include innovations for Windows Ink, Cortana, Windows Hello, and gaming. Windows Ink allows users to write on their device, just like on paper. With Windows Ink, users will be able to create sticky notes, draw on a whiteboard, and more. Cortana will get new features, including proactive guidance throughout the day and the ability to talk to the assistant, even if the device is locked. Windows Hello expands Windows 10 security to new devices and to the Edge browser, making it safer to log into devices and websites. The update will become available this summer.

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