Microsoft is excited to announce The New Windows Terminal! Windows Terminal App is a modern, fast, efficient, powerful, and productive terminal application for users of command-line tools and shells like Command(Cmd) Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL.
Microsoft’s Command Line Tool Developers says Windows Terminal will be delivered via the Microsoft Store in Windows 10 and will be updated regularly, by ensuring that you are always up to date and able to enjoy the latest features and improvements with minimum effort.
Windows Terminal App key features:
1. Multiple tabs:
The most requested feature for the Terminal is multiple tab support. And here Microsoft is super excited for being able to deliver this key feature. You will now be able to open any number of tabs, each connected to a command-line shell or app of your choice.
E.g. Command Prompt, PowerShell, Ubuntu on WSL, a Raspberry Pi via SSH, etc.
2. Beautiful text:
The Windows Terminal App uses a GPU accelerated DirectWrite/DirectX-based text rendering engine. This new text rendering engine can show text characters, glyphs, and symbols present among fonts on your PC, including CJK ideograms, emoji, powerline symbols, icons, programming ligatures, etc. This engine additionally renders text much quicker than the previous Console’s GDI engine!
You will also have the option of using the new font! Microsoft wanted to create a fun, new, monospaced font to enhance the modern look and feel of the Terminal. Not only this font includes programming ligatures, but it will also be open sourced and have its own repository.
3. Settings and Configurability:
Microsoft has connected with so many command-line users who love to customize their terminals and command-line applications. Windows Terminal provides many settings and configuration options that give you a great deal of control over the Terminal’s appearance and each of the shells/profiles that you can open as new tabs. Settings are stored in a structured text file making it easy for users and/or tools to configure.
Using Terminal’s configuration mechanism, you will be able to create multiple “profiles” for each shell/app/tool you want to use, whether it be PowerShell, Command Prompt, Ubuntu, or even SSH connections to Azure or IoT devices. These profiles can have their own combination of font styles and sizes, color themes, background blur/transparency levels, etc. You can now create your own custom-styled Terminal that is personalized to your unique taste!
After Microsoft ships Windows Terminal 1.0, Microsoft plans to get started on many of the features already in their backlog, in addition to the many features you as the community are likely to add!
When can you get it on your hands?
This summer in 2019, Windows Terminal previews will be released to the Microsoft Store for early adopters to use and provide feedback.
This winter in 2019, their goal is to launch Windows Terminal 1.0 and they’ll work with the community to ensure it’s ready before they release!
The Windows Terminal and Windows Console have been made open source and you can clone, build, run or test the code from the repository.
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