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[Python-Dev] Python in next Windows 10 update


On 21.05.2019 23:30, Steve Dower 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.
>
As someone whose job is to diagnose and fix problems with running software:
Are there patches in your release? Do you provide corresponding sources and debug symbols for it?


> 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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Regards,
Ivan