Windows Subsystem for Linux Leaves Beta in Fall Creators Update

Microsoft has announced that the Windows subsystem for Linux, which allows users to run Linux tools, for example, will lose its beta status in the fall. As of the Fall Creators Update, it is therefore a full part of Windows.

Microsoft’s Rich Turner reports that the Insiders subsystem has been out of beta since build 16251. Insiders have had access to the feature for some time, which was introduced as part of the Anniversary Update. At the beginning of this month, Ubuntu became available as an app in the Windows Store. According to Turner, little will change in the subsystem itself, although users will now be able to use the regular support process in case of problems.

The blog post lists a number of scenarios for which the subsystem is explicitly not intended, including running a Linux distribution on top of the subsystem in production environments. With the loss of beta status, it will still not be possible to access Linux files from Windows, although this should change over time. In addition, there are currently no plans to support x-servers apps.

For example, what the system is intended for is to run Linux processes from the Windows command prompt and vice versa, in addition to running Linux command-line tools for development and administration. Microsoft announced the Fall Creators Update in May.