Microsoft has converted Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) into an application that you can simply download and install from the Microsoft Store on Windows 11. A preview version of the application is currently available, allowing Windows 11 users to install Windows Subsystem for Linux without having to go to add / remove programs and select WSL as the optional inbox component for Windows.
This separate application will now be served through the store, which means that Microsoft can update WSL independently of Windows, allowing WSL users to “get the latest WSL updates and features faster and without having to modify the version of Windows ”. Although there are no new changes with this version of the Store app yet, this means that future updates can be displayed without having to wait for a larger version or update of Windows.
Microsoft launched Linux GUI applications in Windows 10 for developers last year and features like these will be available in the Microsoft Store in the future. However, it seems that this Microsoft Store application for WSL will only work on Windows 11. Microsoft does not mention Windows 10 in its post, implying that you will need to upgrade to take advantage of Microsoft Store app. However, this is good news for Windows 11 users, especially those in business environments that often take a little longer to get the latest versions of Windows.
Microsoft will continue to support the inbox version of WSL so you can run them side by side, and aims to finally bring Windows 11 users to the Microsoft Store version. "Our goal is to make WSL in the Microsoft Store the best way to install and use WSL, as you will be able to get the latest updates faster through this route and in the long run we would like to move WSL users to use its version store ", explains Craig Loewen, program manager for the Windows developer platform.
Source of information: theverge.com