[Python-Dev] Python in next Windows 10 update

Giampaolo Rodola' g.rodola at gmail.com
Fri May 24 13:56:00 EDT 2019

On Wed, 22 May 2019 at 03:30, Steve Dower <steve.dower at python.org> wrote:

> Hi all
> Just sharing this here because I think it's important for us to be aware
> of it - I'm not trying to promote or sell anything here :) (Those who
> were at the language summit have seen this already.)
> In the next Windows 10 update that starts rolling out today, we
> (Microsoft) have added "python.exe" and "python3.exe" commands that are
> installed on PATH *by default* and will open the Microsoft Store at the
> page where we (Python core team) publish our build.
> This makes it a 1-2 click process to get from a clean machine to having
> a usable Python install ("python.exe" -> opens Store -> "Get it Free" ->
> "python.exe" now works!)
> The associated blog post:
> https://devblogs.microsoft.com/python/python-in-the-windows-10-may-2019-update/
> Here are answers to a few questions that I assume will come up, at least
> from this audience that understands the issues better than most:
> * if someone had installed Python and put it on PATH with our installer,
> this new command *does not* interfere
> * if someone had manually modified their own PATH, they *may* see some
> interference (but we [Microsoft] decided this was an acceptable risk)
> * the Python 3.7 installed from the store will not auto-update to 3.8,
> but when 3.8 is released we (Microsoft) will update the redirect to
> point at it
> * if you pass arguments to the redirect command, it just exits with an
> error code - you only get the Store page if you run it without arguments
> * once the Store package is installed, the redirect command is replaced
> (this required a new feature in the OS). If you install with the regular
> installer and update PATH, or active a venv, it will add it *before* the
> redirect. So these scenarios should be all good.
> I'm happy to answer other questions here. The long-term contact for this
> integration is python (at) microsoft.com, which right now will come to me.
> And on a personal note, I'm very excited that we (Microsoft) got the
> approval to do this. Getting *anything* added to Windows is a big task,
> so it's a reflection of the popularity and support for Python that's
> growing within Microsoft that we were able to make this happen. That's
> due to every contributor, both to the core runtime and the ecosystem. I
> hope this will only help us improve the availability of Python for users
> and make it an easier choice for dev tasks in the future.
> Cheers,
> Steve
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I am really glad this happened. I think that in a sense this could be
considered sort of historical.
Giampaolo - http://grodola.blogspot.com
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