Az Update Build Special: Windows Package Manager, Azure Stack, Windows Terminal and much more!

Published May 22 2020 12:28 AM 4,985 Views

This week was Microsoft Build, and we got some extra exciting news and announcements this week! In this update, I want to share a couple of things around  Windows 10, including the new Windows Terminal, Windows Package Manager, but also on some of the Azure announcements like Azure Static Webapps or Azure Stack updates. Also, tune in for our live stream later today.


The Az Update Show (Livestream)

Welcome to Season 1 Episode 6:



Microsoft announces the Windows Package Manager Preview

One of the announcements which had a lot of engagement this week was Windows Package Manager. Windows Package Manager introduces a set of software tools that help you automate the process of getting software on your machine. You are going to be able to winget install your way to bliss. One of the best parts is that it is open source. I had to pinch myself when I was able to winget install terminal, and then winget install powershell, and then winget install powertoys. You get the idea, and If you do not see an app you use, just create a new manifest, and submit a pull request. You can read the full announcement blog here, and if you want to try it out, check out my step by step guide about how to install winter.


Azure Stack announcements from Build 2020

For our Azure Stack customers, this was an exciting week. The Azure Stack team around Natalia Mackevicius announced a lot of new enhancements and improvements during Microsoft Build 2020. The announcements range from new container-related services on Azure Stack Hub, new developer empowerment tools, new management functionality, and new hardware innovation. Especially when it comes to new container-related services on Azure Stack Hub, like the private preview of Azure Kubernetes Service on Azure Stack Hub, are super exciting.

There are many more announcements around Azure Stack, and I recommend you check out the Azure Stack Announcements at Build 2020 blog by Natalia Mackevicius.


Developing for all 1 billion Windows 10 devices and beyond

It was never a better time to be a Windows developer. At Microsoft Build, Kevin Gallo (Corporate Vice President, Windows Developer Platform) shared that there are over 1 billion Windows 10 devices. Microsoft also shared the four key areas of improvements to the Windows platform:


  • Unifying app development across the billion Windows 10 devices for all your current and future apps;
  • Leaning into the cloud and enabling new scenarios for your Windows apps;
  • Creating new opportunities for you to build connected apps using Microsoft 365 integration in the Windows experience; and
  • Making Windows great for developer productivity.

You can read the full blog post here.


Windows Terminal 1.0


Windows TerminalWindows Terminal

The Windows Terminal is now released as version 1.0, and it is now generally available. The Windows Terminal is a new, modern, fast, efficient, powerful, and productive terminal application for users of command-line tools and shells like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL. It has some key new features our customers requested, like:

  • Multiple tabs
  • GPU accelerated DirectWrite/DirectX-based text rendering engine
  • Emoji support 8)
  • Customizing options
  • and more!

Check out the full announcement blog here.


Azure Static Web Apps


Azure Static Web Apps GitHub IntegrationAzure Static Web Apps GitHub IntegrationThe Azure team announced a new service called the Azure Static Web Apps. Azure Static Web Apps is a service that automatically builds and deploys full-stack web apps to Azure from a GitHub repository. The workflow of Azure Static Web Apps is tailored to a developer's daily workflow. Apps are built and deployed based on GitHub interactions.


Announcing Microsoft Lists - Your smart information tracking app in Microsoft 365


Microsoft ListsMicrosoft Lists

This was one of my favorite announcements. Microsoft Lists is a Microsoft 365 app that helps you track information and organize your work. Lists are simple, smart, and flexible, so you can stay on top of what matters most to your team. Track issues, assets, routines, contacts, inventory, and more using customizable views and smart rules and alerts to keep everyone in sync. With ready-made templates, you can quickly start lists online, on our new mobile app, and directly from within Microsoft Teams. And because it is part of Microsoft 365, you can rely on enterprise-grade security and compliance.

You can read the full announcement blog here.


What is going on

After Microsoft Build, we have some other exciting events coming up like the Microsoft Virtual Open Source Summit on June 16th.

Register now for the Microsoft Virtual Open Source Summit. Keynotes from Nat Friedman & Stefanie Chiras. What to think of sessions from Brendan BurnsGabe MonroyUlrich HomannJohn Gossman, and Scott Hanselman but also contributions from Melissa Di DonatoClaire GiordanoManish KumarSunil KamathShay BanonOfer BengalMatt HicksMark Shuttleworth and many more.
To learn more and register:


Microsoft Virtual Open Source SummitMicrosoft Virtual Open Source Summit


Microsoft Learn Module of the Week


Microsoft LearnMicrosoft Learn

Azure Fundamentals

Excited after learning all the capabilities Azure services have to offer as shared during MS Build? The Azure Fundamentals learning path provides hands-on learning regarding concepts in adopting Azure Services. Check it out here.



I wish you a good weekend, and I hope this short blog post provided you with at least some news from this week with Microsoft Build. I know there is much more than just the things I listed here. I recommend that you follow the Azure announcements blog. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment. 


Also, check out last week's Az Update here.

Version history
Last update:
‎Jul 02 2020 08:52 AM
Updated by: