Windows 10 Creators Update brings new Bash/Windows Subsystem features

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The Windows 10 Creators Update is now firmly in our hands, having started its deployment earlier this week. The update has plenty of new features, however, if you aren’t the creative type who would enjoy things like Beam streaming and 3D painting, it might not strike your fancy. But Microsoft’s Rich Turner might have something more interesting for you.

Bash/WSL – some additions that came to the Windows command-line family back during the Anniversary Update – now has a frankly overwhelming number of improvements that are shipping with the Creators Update.

Here’s a brief list of what’s new in the Creators Update:

  • More compatibility
  • Ubuntu 16.04 support
  • Ifconfig & network connection enumeration support
  • Ping & ICMP network support
  • File change notification support (INOTIFY)
  • Windows <-> Linux Interop
  • UNIX and Netlink Socket improvements
  • TCP socket & IPv6 improvements
  • Miscellaneous WSL Improvements
  • Windows Console & Command-Line Improvements

There’s a whole lot more in the blog post documenting the new update, including some in-depth explanations about each and every addition. This new update is massive for people who want to get started with bash, and most certainly proves that the team behind it has responded positively to a significant amount of feedback.

What’s more, the blog post ends by promising even more changes coming in the future. The dev team seems to have gone into overdrive with the launch of the Creators Update – we’ll see if they can keep up the pace going forward.