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Microsoft releases a trial version of Windows 11 Enterprise that allows developers to develop Windows applications based on a virtual machine (VM). The tech giant hopes this will boost the adoption of its new Windows version.

The VM comes with SDKs, development tools and samples. It includes the Windows 10 SDK (10.0.22000) and the new version of Visual Studio 2019 (VS), in addition to a Windows 11 Enterprise evaluation version.

The VS 2019 version features the Windows Template Studio extension and has UWP, .NET and Azure workflows enabled. In addition, the VM integrates with a very recent version of Visual Studio Code (VSC) and features Windows Subsystem for Linux with an installation of Ubuntu.

The VM is suitable for four different hypervisors: Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware vSphere, Oracle VirtualBox and Parallels’ hypervisor. The VM expires on January 9, 2022, which is a significant drawback, and might mean that interested developers will need to hurry their projects.

Adoption of Windows 11

One of the reasons for the introduction is Microsoft’s strive to boost Windows 11 among enterprise customers. While the rollout process of Windows 11 has accelerated, the current number of Windows 11 business users is anything but significant. So far, only 0.21 percent of the market is said to have switched.

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