That has changed with the latest release. Canonical also wants to give Windows users the opportunity to test new Ubuntu builds earlier. Developers who program their apps on a Windows PC, do not want to use a dual-boot configuration and want to try out new features directly could benefit from this. Also known by the codename Kinetic Kudo, Ubuntu 22.10 is released without LTS.
Final version will be released in October 2022
If you need longer support, you should use Ubuntu 22.04. The distribution will be supported until 2032. The final version of Ubuntu 22.10 is scheduled to be released in October 2022, will receive support until July 2023 and will therefore be supported for a much shorter time. Canonical advises in its announcement of course from using the preview version for work.
In order to be able to use the Ubuntu 22.10 Preview for WSL, the installation package must first be downloaded from the Microsoft Store. The distribution is almost 700 megabytes in size and does not require a specific Windows 10 or Windows 11 build.
In addition to Ubuntu, a whole range of other Linux distributions for the WSL are available in the Microsoft Store. The platform offers OpenSuse Leap, AlmaLinux, Kali Linux, Debian, Suse Linux Enterprise and Oracle Linux, among others. Just a few months ago, the Redmond company had given the WSL an update with a new driver.