Microsoft Embraces Linux at Build 2016

Microsoft recently hosted Build, a multi-day conference in San Francisco.

As with previous years, Microsoft Build 2016continued to focus on enabling developers to do amazing work as businesses and industries transform in support of the shift to a cloud-first, mobile-first world.

Filled with strong technical sessions as well as opportunities to meet and learn from others in the industry, the conference saw Microsoft make a number of announcements, both big and small.

One of the announcements was Bash on Windows, which marks the beginning of a warm embrace of Linux by Microsoft.

“You can now run Bash scripts, Linux command-line tools like sed, awk, grep, and you can even try Linux-first tools like Ruby, Git, Python, etc. directly on Windows,” says Microsoft’s Mike Harsh. “You can also access your Windows filesystem from within Bash allowing you to work on the same set of files using your preferred Windows tools or Linux command-line tools.”

To celebrate the occasion, Rich Turner and Russ Alexander recorded a Build 2016 session introducing and demonstrating Bash running on Ubuntu on Windows, which you can check out below.