We’ve noted for a while that Microsoft loves Linux, or at best that’s exactly what the company claims on every occasion, therefore the software giant has been working night and day on improving the experience with the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) within the latest feature updates.
And also the newest preview build of Windows 10 has a massive new feature: users are now able to run Linux apps using their own GUI directly on top of Windows 10.
Up to this point, Linux running on Windows 10 with WSL only allowed for apps to operate in a command line interface, but because of this new app, you really get an interface which makes Linux feel even more native on Microsoft’s operating-system.
“You can use this feature to run any GUI application that might only exist in Linux, or to run your own applications or testing in a Linux environment. This could be incredibly helpful for developers who wish to test their cross-platform app, as they can now run it directly on Windows 10, and then easily within Linux without ever having to change machines or manage a virtual machine,” Microsoft explains.
Likely part of Windows 10 version 21H2
Furthermore, Microsoft says that Linux developers can now rely on WSL to construct, test and use applications with built-in audio support.
“Linux GUI applications on WSL will also include as they are audio and microphone support. This exciting aspect will enable your apps play audio cues and utilize the microphone, perfect for building, testing, or using movie players, telecommunication apps, and more,” it says.
Certainly, this can be a massive update, and Microsoft will certainly refine it even further prior to the public launch. If everything goes based on the plan, expect Linux apps in the future with a GUI for production devices as part of the Windows 10 version 21H2 launch in the fall of 2021.