Microsoft Makes Room for Ubuntu at Windows Store

Microsoft Makes Room for Ubuntu at Windows Store

By John P. Mello Jr.

Jul 13, 2017 11:06 AM PT

Microsoft this week announced the availability of Canonical’s Ubuntu Linux distro as a free download in the Windows Store.

It can be installed on any Windows Insider build, said Microsoft Senior Program Manager Rich Turner.

There are some distinct advantages to using the Windows Store version of the Ubuntu Linux Distro:

  • The software can be downloaded faster and more reliably due to the use of a sophisticated block-based download mechanism; and
  • The store version has been enhanced to support running multiple distros side-by-side and simultaneously, which will be especially handy when Fedora and Suse get the Store treatment in the next few weeks.

The Windows Store version of Ubuntu will run alongside any other existing distros of the operating system on a machine, Turner noted.

The Store version of the OS can be launched from a tile on the Windows start menu or from a command line, he added.

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