Microsoft has released the open source Windows Package Manager for developers and general users to install apps on Windows 10.
The Windows Package Manager service and the winget.exe command-line tool are now available in public preview for anyone to test. Winget comes with the preview version of Windows App Installer for downloading apps on Windows 10.
While Windows 10 users can install apps from the Microsoft Store, Windows Package Manager will help developers install tools that aren’t necessarily available in the store, such as Win32 software products that don’t have been converted to Universal Windows Platform (UWP) applications. in the store.
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This could be useful for anyone who needs to reinstall all of their apps and tools after rebuilding a PC and should save time for developers who need to install lots of developer tools, such as editors, software languages. programming and software libraries.
Microsoft announced the new package manager at its Build 2020 online conference this week.
The tool can help users get their applications by typing “winget install” followed by the program name in the command line or by creating a script that automatically installs all the necessary tools.
The Package Manager is available to users in Microsoft’s Windows Insider Test Program after installing Microsoft’s App Installer.
Microsoft aims to create a repository of trusted applications, from which the package manager can install applications that have been checked with its SmartScreen technology and cryptographically verified.
While the Package Manager provides an alternative to the Microsoft Store, formerly Windows Store, Microsoft says it doesn’t change anything for the store.
So the question remains open as to what the company will do with the Microsoft Store, which many have speculated would be killed because it only contains a fraction of the tens of millions of apps that run on Windows PCs.
The Microsoft Store product shortage stems from Microsoft’s failure to convince developers to convert their Win32 apps to UWP apps for distribution in the store.
The main difference between Microsoft Store and Windows Package Manager is that the store is all about commerce, unlike Package Manager.
âWindows Package Manager is a command line interface, with no marketing, no images, no commerce. Although we plan to make these apps installable as well, âsaid Demitrius Nelon, senior program manager at Microsoft.
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Earlier this week, Microsoft detailed its latest efforts to bridge the gap between Win32 and UWP apps under Project Reunion, which includes the Windows 10 user interface framework, WinUI 3, and WebView 2, a tool for integrating content. Web in an app.
Microsoft’s roadmap for the Package Manager says it will update preview builds every month until May 2021, when it will release version 1.0, which will support the installation of apps from the Microsoft Store as well as progressive web apps.