Microsoft just announced that three different versions associated with free Linux operating system – Ubuntu, Suse, and Fedora – are coming to your Windows Store, the app market in Windows 10.

It sounds weird, nonetheless, it tends to make perfect sense. During early 2016, Microsoft announced the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), a means for programmers to utilise complete versions of Linux within Windows 10 itself.

Putting aside the ancient implications here – Microsoft spent the 90s unsuccessfully trying to stamp out Linux, a free substitute for Windows – it absolutely was a move designed to bait programmers into using Windows 10

Here is the thinking: Developers like using Linux software, Windows 10 assists Linux software and Windows software, so maybe think about doing all your development with Windows 10. It absolutely well-received by developers, and it has obviously emboldened Microsoft to go further.

So adding Ubtuntu, Suse, and Fedora to the Windows Store is in fact just ways to make it easier to get started doing the WSL by letting you install the Linux version of your choice. Still, gosh, if you’d like an indication that Microsoft has changed, search no further.