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Here’s How to Upgrade Your Old Ubuntu-on-Windows Install to the App Version

Last month, Canonical and Microsoft collaborated on bringing Ubuntu as an “app” that’s installable directly from the Windows 10 Store, but many users were already running the Ubuntu on Windows through the Microsoft WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) initiative. The Ubuntu app makes it a lot easier for Windows 10 users to install and enjoy Ubuntu Linux if they develop cross-platform programs for both Linux and Windows OSes. The latest Ubuntu app will install a barebone Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system on the latest Windows 10 Insider builds.