Why Microsoft is adding a Linux shell to Windows

Posted on Wednesday, Apr 06 2016 @ 13:38 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Last week Microsoft announced it's adding a Linux bash shell to its upcoming Anniversary Update for Windows 10. ARS Technica takes a look at why the software giant is doing this and how it could leapfrog Apple as the developer platform of choice.
Microsoft deciding to support Linux software on Windows is a surprising move, and the obvious question is, why? Superficially, the answer is easy—developers like these tools, so supporting them makes developers happy—but the story runs a little deeper than that. Supporting Linux apps in Windows is a significant move for a company that has spent decades promoting its own APIs and application platform, and it's unlikely that the company would make such a move just to provide a few creature comforts to developers. The need goes deeper than that.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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