Python Lands on the Windows 10 App Store

Posted on January 3, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Windows 10 with 19 Comments

Python Software Foundation recently released Python 3.7 as an app on the official Windows 10 app store. Python 3.7 is now available to install from the Microsoft Store, meaning you no longer need to manually download and install the app from the official Python website.

Python joins a bunch of other advanced apps and tools that have been coming to the Windows 10 app store over the last year or so. A bunch of different Linux distros are already available through the Microsoft Store, and the addition of Python should be welcomed by many developers. The app listing was first noticed by WalkingCat on Twitter.

Since Python is quite easy to learn and write programs with, the launch of Python on the Microsoft Store could also help students. Python is widely used by schools (especially in the UK) to teach kids basic programming skills, and being available from the Microsoft Store could really make installing it much easier than before. And as kids that are just getting into learning about computers and programming, they could easily get confused with the traditional Python installer, and the availability from the Microsoft Store helps change that.

And for advanced users, Python 3.7 will work fairly well for most users. However, there is one limitation. “Because of restrictions on Microsoft Store apps, Python scripts may not have full write access to shared locations such as TEMP and the registry. Instead, it will write to a private copy. If your scripts must modify the shared locations, you will need to install the full installer,” the Python Software Foundation stated in the official Python Docs.

You can get Python from the Microsoft Store here.

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