Last week, Microsoft released the latest build of Windows 10, build 9860, which has allowed us to get a look at more of the new features that are coming to the platform like native support for MKV files. Another feature that is coming is a new package management framework called OneGet.
OneGet isn't exactly new, it was first detailed back in April of this year but at that time, it was an optional feature for Windows 8.1 and could be installed with the Windows Management Framework 5.0 Preview. The important bit of news here is that OneGet will come with all Windows 10 installs, meaning that developers can now make use of this functionality as they know every new install will have this feature.
Here is how Microsoft describes OneGet:
OneGet is a new way to discover and install software packages from around the web. With OneGet, you can:
- Manage a list of software repositories in which packages can be searched, acquired, and installed
- Search and filter your repositories to find the packages you need
- Seamlessly install and uninstall packages from one or more repositories with a single PowerShell command
If you are not familiar with package managers, it's a tool that makes installing, updating and locating the install software much easier for developers. With the use of trusted repositories, every time a package is updated on the repository, your machine can be updated as well.
While developers may appreciate this feature, consumers will benefit too as it makes managing your local software even easier, provided developers use this functionality; OneGet can help you keep your apps updated automatically each time a new version is added to a trusted repository.
It is still early in the discovery process of OneGet and we don't know how far Microsoft will take this feature in terms of implementation but this item may well be highly coveted by system administrators and the like.