Updated Wine version improves Windows 10 Linux compatibility

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Fans of both Windows 10 and Linux can now rejoice, as Wine has been updated with over 7400 changes.

For those of you that aren’t aware, Wine is a software that Microsoft has partially credited with making Windows 10 Subsystem for Linux possible.

It acts as a compatibility layer, designed for OSes based on Unix. In essence, it enables Linux and macOS systems to run Windows applications.

According to Wine:

PE binaries are copied into the Wine prefix instead of the fake DLL files

Thanks to this change, the installation via Wine is different as follows:

 (The prefix) looks more like a real Windows installation, at the cost of some extra disk space.

As you may already know back from the Windows XP era, Microsoft used its anti-piracy Windows Genuine Advantage program to block updates to Wine users on Linux systems.

However, times changed to the point where Microsoft actually ended up supporting the efforts of Wine developers.

The latest Wine update, also known as Update 5.0, is the result of this change in mentality. Not only will it allow Windows apps to run on Linux, but you will be able to do the opposite as well.

Now that Wine is getting full Microsoft support, what do you expect from the two OSes in the near future?

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