Windows Terminal 1.0 has been another of the releases that BUILD 2020 has left us, the annual conference for developers that this year is taking place as an online event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this way, the ads have come suddenly and in good numbers. Yesterday we already saw a few as the opening of a new era of software for Windows (Project Reunion, Package Manager and GUI Linux), and our colleagues from MCPRO covered another part of the news with Project Bonsai, Azure Synapse Link, Microsoft Lists or Cloud for Healthcare.

Today we review the release of Windows Terminal 1.0, a tool that we have followed since its initial announcement and that now comes as the first version of general availability. You already know that as good Windows (and Linux) users we use the command line because yes, the Windows console also exists and it is a recommended option for users with a certain level or professionals perform tasks more flexibly and quickly.

On Windows systems, the console is called a command prompt (Command prompt or CMD) and is the application used on NT-based systems (Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows Server) to execute commands MS-DOS (16-bit .exe) and others such as .bat and .sys format scripts. It is the equivalent of the Linux terminal or that provided by other operating systems such as macOS, can be run in user or administrator mode and has the advanced version PowerShell.

Windows Terminal 1.0 features

Windows Terminal is the definitive application with which Microsoft aims to unify those tools. And others like the Windows Subsystem for Linux, since you can interact with all of them (Command Prompt, PowerShell or WSL) from the same interface. In principle, Microsoft has no plans to remove these (at least for now), but the new application will be the default console in Windows of the future.

Considering the importance that Microsoft attaches to Linux and the desire to better support Linux applications and that the users who need the free system (developers especially) do not have to leave Windows 10, we will understand that Windows Terminal «smells» Linux at once and even borrows the same name that the free system uses for its console.

It is still a text based tool and its operation is basically the same with commands and modifiers, but according to Microsoft it is more «modern, fast, effective, efficient and productive», and offers interesting news about the typical command line, such as:

Open source application available on GitHub.
Independent development of Windows and with constant updates and improvements.
General design known, but adding elements of the new design language (Fluent Desing).
Tabbed user interface.
Windows can be divided into multiple panels, allowing multiple command requests to be open at the same time within the same tab.
The border of the windows is now much thinner and shows the default color set in Windows settings.
Full Unicode support, including fonts, emojis, themes, and increased customization.
GPU acceleration for word processing.
Title: support to suppress change events sent by an application running in Terminal.
More powerful built-in search function, useful when working with many lines of code.

I don’t know

Windows Terminal 1.0 is available from the Microsoft Store and GitHub, where the source code is also included. Microsoft invites external developers to make contributions and promise own monthly updates from July. The company also offers a specific page with documentation of the application and related, another with the use of command line arguments for this Terminal, a welcome tool that finishes confirming the “love” for Linux.


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