Two years ago, Microsoft launched the manager of your new the Windows package management systemWindows Package Manager (more known as Wingetequivalent to Ubuntu’s Apt-get and other Debian distributions) and less than a year later had already released the first stable version (open source too).
“WinGet is a set of software tools that help us automate the process of downloading software to our computer. You specify the apps you want to install, and it takes care of finding the latest version available (or exactly the one you specified) and installing it on your PC.”
However, Microsoft has just announced that Winget 1.3 is now available, and it comes with a long list of new features. Features that only bringing Windows closer to an operating model that has worked great on Linux for decades…
…and that make it easier for more and more software to join this unified package management system, instead of each software developer using their own installer. This standard, as it can be managed from the command line, It will facilitate the automation of software installation and updating in large organizations.
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Portable apps, but with all the benefits of installable apps
As Microsoft’s Demitrius Nelon explains:
“We wanted to make sure you could manage these portable packages, so when you install them on your machine the corresponding entries will be added to the Windows Applications menu. This allows you to access them like any installed application, and even easily remove them from the system without having to type ‘winget uninstall Microsoft.NuGet‘”.
Microsoft says it will start soon accept in your application repository the first portable application packages submitted by the developers. The process should be underway in about a week, when the company finishes rolling out the update to all users through the Microsoft Store.
And that’s not all
But these are not the only changes. There are others that will be very useful to developers (“The development team has added several improvements to the manifest to improve the package installation experience”) and others that will be for end users (“The progress bar has been improved to view the installation progress in more detail“).
Other than that, new arguments and subcommands available for WinGet are:
If what you are looking for is access all information available on a given packagethe command fin show [nombre del paquete]’ It will be of great use to you.
If, on the other hand, what you want is to be able to have all the information available on the installation process of a package ?for example, to know exactly which step is failing? To add “verbose logs” any call to the ‘winget’ command will send more detailed information to your system logs.
The command ‘wing?info’ now displays information about processor architecture, operating system version and the package manager itself of Windows. This will make it easier for you to understand why the package you successfully installed on one computer seems mysteriously unavailable on another.