Microsoft added OpenSSH as an additional feature in Windows 10

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While Windows Insiders are eagerly waiting for the Timeline and Sets in next Windows Insider Preview Build; Microsoft quietly added a new additional new features to Windows 10. A new developer focused additional feature now available for all Windows 10 users.

Along with the Ubuntu, SUSE Linux, Fedora Linux distribution; Microsoft now adding native OpenSSH client to Windows 10. It is available for all Windows 10 users who updated their device with Fall Creators Update.

OpenSSH in windows 10 (source: InsidersArena.com)

Back in 2015, Microsoft partnered with OpenBSD Foundation to bring OpenSSH protocol to Windows 10. So nearly after 2 years of developing and internal testing it is finally here. Bringing it to Windows 10 means developers won’t need to download any third-party client like PuTTY. Establishing secure remote connection to Linux or Unix machine become more easy.

In order to install OpenSSH client and server on your device open Settings app. Go to Apps & Features >> Manage Optional Features >> Add a feature. Where you will find OpenSSH Client (Beta). Just hit install and it’s done!

Microsoft regularly keeps Windows Insider Program participants apprised about coming Windows 10 features. But as far I know they might forgot to mention about the availability of an OpenSSH preview. Since this is an additional feature, so maybe it’s a server side update. Microsoft might explain more about this feature in next Windows 10 Insider Preview Build (which already includes many new feature such as Timeline and Sets; change-log is already 25+ page).

It is very nice to see Microsoft encouraging developers to embrace the open source community.