Microsoft used this year’s Build developer conference to announce the very first preview of the Windows Package Manager that it’s building for Windows 10.
Working just like a Linux package manager, the brand new Windows tool can make it more convenient for users to install apps on their devices, as it can certainly automatically search and download the most recent version with only an order.
The “winget install” command will allow users to quickly install any app that has recently been added to the repository, while the “search” command can make it easy to look for available packages.
Without a doubt, the Linux-inspired Windows Package Manager will be handy into it pros who want not just to install apps faster but additionally to automate everything on their devices.
Why is Microsoft creating a new package manager from scratch rather than investing in an open-source project that would have allowed it to do everything faster?
Client already available, Insiders getting it too
It’s because of the apps the company wants to have full control over, as Microsoft explains that only trusted and validated software should be offered in the package manager. In other words, you can be certain that everything you can download from the package manager is safe.
“We looked at other package managers. There have been several reasons leading us to produce a new solution. One critical concern we’d was building a repository of trusted applications. We are automatically checking each manifest,” Microsoft explains.
“We leverage SmartScreen, static analysis, SHA256 hash validation and a few other processes to reduce the likelihood of malicious software making its distance to the repository and on your machine. Another key challenge was all the changes necessary to be able to provide the client program like a native Windows application.”
The new Windows Package Manager will work on Windows 10 version 1709 and newer, and the client can already be found on GitHub.