Microsoft has gradually been making Windows 10 more developer friendly. It has added the SUSE Linux, Ubuntu, and Fedora Linux distributions alongside the bash command line. The company is now making another addition that developers will certainly like. Microsoft is adding a native OpenSSH client to Windows 10. The native client is already available as a beta option in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and it can be enabled easily.
For those who are unaware, OpenSSH is a connectivity tool for remote login with the SSH protocol. All traffic is encrypted to reduce the change of eavesdropping and connection hijacking. The Secure Shell or SSH is a cryptographic network protocol for running network services securely over unsecured networks. Remote login to computer systems is the best known use case for SSH.
A native OpenSSH client in Windows 10 means that developers will no longer have to download third-party clients like PuTTY to access remote servers.
ServeTheHome has created a video showing how the client can be enabled in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. It’s in beta at this point in time but it works well enough.
Microsoft hasn’t confirmed as yet when its native OpenSSH client for Windows 10 is going to be out of beta. It may not be long before that happens.