More than two years ago Microsoft revealed its plans to add a new Windows Subsystem for Linux to Windows 10. This feature was welcomed by developers who wanted the best of both worlds. A year later, the company even added the option to install the Linux distros to WSL directly from Windows Store.
At its Build 2018 developer conference, Redmond further announced that Windows 10 on ARM WSL is also getting support for Linux distros like Ubuntu (Via: Neowin). However, even after new and upcoming changes, x86 devices will remain unsupported.
Until now, Ubuntu app on Windows Store only worked on x64 devices and the ARM PCs were left out.
The company also showed a working demo of Ubuntu development environment running on a Windows 10 on ARM PC.
At the moment, there’s no official release date for this feature, but we can expect it to arrive anytime soon. When it happens, you’ll be able to download Ubuntu from Microsoft on your Windows 10 on ARM PC. With time, other Linux distros are also expected to follow.
In order to push Windows 10 on ARM in a bigger manner, Microsoft also teased an early preview of 64-bit ARM SDK for Windows. It’ll allow the developers to create their own 64-bit ARM apps that’ll run natively on ARM devices.
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