On Wednesday Microsoft’s Build Conference kicked off. This is Microsoft’s main developer conference where developers can learn about some of the new things that they will be able to take advantage of in Windows on smartphones, tablets, desktop and laptop computers.
At the conference Microsoft has announced that they are going to bring the bash shell to Windows 10. This is all thanks to a partnership between Canonical(the makers of Ubuntu Linux) and Microsoft. That’s right, you will have Ubuntu Linux running on your desktop. This is not some virtual machine, as you can see from the above screenshot this is a full Linux command line running natively right on a Windows 10 computer.
You will be able to run Linux command line tools under the Bash shell such as sed, awk and grep (to name but a few). Of course, if you have bash scripts that you have written then you will be able to run those from the Linux command line. You will also be able to access any files you have stored on your computer from the Bash Linux Command line.
This new feature will be added to Windows 10 with the upcoming “Anniversary update” which will be available this summer.
Primarily I see a lot of developers, power users and enthusiasts taking advantage of this. Of course the real test will be if people actually use this feature. To be fair there were a lot of requests for a Linux command line inside of Windows.
Will you be taking advantage of the Bash shell in Windows? Let me know in the comments.
For more, check out the official blog post from Microsoft.