Microsoft is rolling out a new version of Windows Package Manager (winget), bringing the development tool to version 0.3. In the latest round of additions, the app is getting a way to export lists of installed packages. Elsewhere, you can now import list to make it easier to set up apps on a new installation.

If you’re new to the Windows Package Manager, check out our complete tutorial on how to use the new development service.

Exports are currently experimental, and for it to work you should execute settings command and add it to the JSON file. When it is enabled, it’s possible to take installed packages from the list (on the JSON) and export them using the export [filename].json command.

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Next you can copy the file to other PCs or installations and also import using the import [filename].json. All selected packages on the list will now be automatically installed by Windows Package Manager.

Elsewhere in WinGet version 0.3, Microsoft has added support for group policy management. This allows IT pros to control how Windows Package Manager. All other new features in this version are experimental, which means you must add them to the JSON file before accessing them.

These experimental features are List, Upgrade, and Uninstall. With list, you can view all installed packages on a machine, including any apps from the Microsoft Store or other locations. With Upgrade, you have a quicker way to update packages. Finally, Uninstall does what it says on the tin and lets you uninstall packages.

It’s worth checking out Microsoft’s official blog to see all the changes coming with Windows Package Manager v0.3.

WinGet Controversy

Back at Build 2020, Microsoft introduced Windows Package Manager (Winget) for Windows 10. The new tool allows developers to easily download services to help app development. However, the new open source solution found controversy after the creator of a similar tool argued Microsoft has stolen his idea.

Microsoft later admitted it should have credited Keivan Beigi for his work in getting WinGet off the ground. However, the company stopped short of apologizing to the Canadian developer.

Tip of the day:

When you boot Windows 10 it delays the launch of startup programs for ten seconds so your desktop and Windows services will have finished loading. If you want to speed up boot time, have a look at our tutorial about how to disable startup delay.

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