Thursday May 11, 2017

Linux, iTunes Coming to Microsoft's App Store

Geez, Microsoft had a lot more surprises up its sleeve than I could have imagined. As some of you were quick to point out, the much-ridiculed Windows Store is getting a significant shot in the arm with three different versions of the free Linux operating system (Ubuntu, Suse, and Fedora). Even Apple is jumping in with an iTunes app by the end of this year. Now Microsoft just needs to figure out who at Google to hold hostage so they get UWP Gmail, YouTube, Maps, etc. Is this the genuine turning point?

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It sounds weird, but it makes perfect sense. In early 2016, Microsoft announced the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), a way for developers to use full versions of Linux within Windows 10 itself. Putting aside the historical ramifications here آ— Microsoft spent the 90s unsuccessfully trying to stamp out Linux, a free alternative to Windows آ— it was a move intended to bait programmers into using Windows 10. Here's the thinking: Developers like using Linux software, Windows 10 supports Linux software and Windows software, so maybe consider doing all your development with Windows 10. It was well-received by developers, and has apparently emboldened Microsoft to go further.

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