Microsoft launches Windows Package Manager on Windows 11

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Microsoft announced that Windows Package Manager version 1.1 is now available on Windows 10 and recently launched Windows 11.

The command line tool, also known as Winget, came out of beta with its official release in May at Microsoft Build 2021. Over the past few months, the software giant’s developers have been busy bringing improvements and to add new features to Windows Package Manager. .

The most notable new feature in version 1.1 is access to apps in the Microsoft Store. The Windows Packager Manager client now ships with support for the Windows Package Manager application repository and the Microsoft Store.

While the new update rolls out automatically through the Microsoft Store, developers who haven’t received it yet have several ways to install it on their desktops. Windows Package Manager is distributed with the app installer from Microsoft Store, but users can also download and get it from GitHub or even directly install the latest released version available.

Windows 1.1 Package Manager

According to a new blog post from Microsoft, more than 2,600 packages are available in the Windows Package Manager application repository. To see all available packages, users can open a terminal window and run a “winget search”.

Private application repositories, announced with the release of version 1.0, are also available and Microsoft has even established a source agreement that users must agree to in order to use them.

At the same time, the latest version of Windows Package Manager is highly customizable, and developers can run “winget settings” to personalize the customer experience. This allows them to change things like progress bar color, setup behavior, telemetry, range, and more.

Package managers have long been a staple of Linux distributions and have existed on Windows via third-party options like Choclately. Now, however, Microsoft has built this feature right into its operating system to make it easier for developers.


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