Microsoft releases WinGet 1.0 – Thurrott.com
Last week during Build 2021, Microsoft announced the general availability of its Windows Package Manager, also known as WinGet. WinGet 1.0 comes a year after its Build 2020 announcement, and the ensuing controversy in which a developer alleged that Microsoft stole their product and that Microsoft subsequently ignored that complaint.
“A package manager is designed to help you save time and avoid frustration,” Microsoft’s Demitrius Nelon explained when the company announced its plans for WinGet. “It’s basically a set of software tools that help you automate the process of getting software onto your machine. You specify the applications you want to install, and it does the work of finding the latest version (or the one you specified) and installing it on your computer. “
In other words, WinGet is basically a way to automate the installation and update of Windows apps that you get outside of the Microsoft Store. That is, instead of searching the web for the software you need and then finding the right page and version of the software to install, you can automate this process with WinGet. The only problem for most people? It is a command line tool.
WinGet 1.0 will soon be integrated into all supported versions of Windows 10, and IT administrators can configure whether this software will be installed through Group Policy. But if you want to start now with WinGet, you can download it from GitHub or directly with this link.
I will also cover Windows Package Manager (WinGet) in the next major edition of the Windows 10 Field Guide.
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