Microsoft announced that Windows Subsystem for Linux is now available in the Microsoft Store for Windows 11 and Windows 10.

Windows Subsystem for Linux allows users to run Linux binaries on Windows through PowerShell or other command prompts. Until now, the tool (WSL-1) was offered as an optional component for the operating system. The new version (WSL-2) recently became available in the Microsoft Store.

Standard version

With the release, WSL-2 becomes the standard version. Although WSL-2 has the same functionality as WSL-1, updates and maintenance integrations are made available as soon as they’re released. In contrast, WSL-1 users have to wait until the updates are included in general Windows releases.


The store version of WSL is now available on Windows 10 and Windows 11. In addition, WSL received 100+ different feature updates, including systemd, full system call compatibility and Linux kernel support through lightweight VMs.