Microsoft’s Windows Package Manager, also known as the Winget, is a useful development tool that makes it easy to set up working environments on new and existing installations. It streamlines the process of downloading and installing the tools needed to build apps, and it just got a new update. Windows Package Manager v0.3 has just been previewed and includes several new features.
The first of the major additions is the ability to import a collection of packages. With import files in JSON format, users can include packages from multiple sources. You can also specify the exact version of a package that you want to install.
The other big change is support for group policies. Following the update to v.03, IT pros can configure Group Policy through ADMX ingestion. To configure policies for the enterprise, you must be running Windows 10 build 1809 or later.
The longer list of new features is listed in an experimental section in Microsoft’s devblog post. These include using winget to view the list of installed apps found in your Add / Remove Programs in Windows 10, the ability to uninstall giant apps, and exporting package collections.
The post also introduces items on their way to Windows Package Manager, including .zip and .exe support, native PowerShell support, and dependencies.
If you’ve never used the tool before, we have a guide on how to install Windows Package Manager preview and another guide on how to use Windows PAckage Manager to install apps and apps. programs.
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