In the past two years, under the realm of Satya Nadella, Microsoft has partnered with many of its competitors to embrace rival platforms. Working together, these companies have enabled new features and capabilities, enhancing user experience. A similar example is expected to be on display later on Wednesday when, according to a report, Microsoft will announce support for Ubuntu on Windows 10 at its Build conference.
Microsoft has partnered with Canonical, the parent company of Ubuntu, reports ZDNet. As a result of the collaboration, Microsoft will announce on Wednesday that users will be able to run Ubuntu on Windows 10. The report follows recent speculation about users getting the option to run Bash shell on Windows 10. ZDNet claims that the collaboration between the two giants will bring "more than just that."
The report further claims that users won't be running Ubuntu in a virtual machine, a suite that allows users to run an operating system on top of another operating system as if it was an application. Microsoft could utilise the recently introduced Linux subsystems (which was spotted in a new Windows 10 Redstone build) to run Ubuntu, though that part isn't immediately apparent. To recall, Microsoft showed some love for the Linux platform earlier this month when it announced it would open-source its Linux-based Sonic networking suite.
Getting back to Wednesday's anticipated announcement - Microsoft and Canonical are apparently partnering to entice developers. The report notes that at this point it is not clear if an average Joe will be able to run Ubuntu on his Windows 10 machine or not. Microsoft's flagship developer conference Build 2016 will kickstart later on Wednesday. Microsoft is expected to utilise the three-day event to announce new features and plans for Windows 10, Xbox, and Windows 10 Mobile.