A preview of the new WSL is now available in the Microsoft Store for Windows 11 users. Microsoft has announced that it will be much easier to get new WSL features in the future. The company has released a preview version of WSL in the Microsoft Store so that Windows 11 users can download and update WSL independently of other Windows updates.
Many of the built-in Windows apps have already been updated through the Microsoft Store, not through regular Windows updates. This gives you more flexibility in deciding when to update apps, although one side effect is that many pre-installed Windows 11 apps aren't fully updated for Windows 11. But in the long run, this means you don't have to wait for a new Windows update To take advantage of the updated software.Ads
For WSL, this means that you don't need to install major and potentially malicious Windows updates (eg Windows 11) to take advantage of the new WSL extensions. Microsoft in particular "support GUI, GPU computation, and Linux system drive installation" as the main features that can be added through a Microsoft Store update, as well as minor updates such as New Linux builds and calls.
At the moment, the Microsoft Store WSL version is just a "preview" and the official supported version that should be used for important purposes is the Windows version. But the long-term goal is for the Store WSL version to be "the best way to install and use WSL". Microsoft will consider user feedback when deciding which version of WSL to integrate and the offline presence of WSL in newer versions of Windows.
The Microsoft message did not specify whether WSL will eventually be available. Microsoft Store for Windows 10 users, otherwise they may not have the updated WSL features. We've asked Microsoft about this and will update if we get a response.
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