For developers, Microsoft unveils Windows Terminal app; it is anew command line for app for windows. Microsoft is launching a new command line app for Windows, dubbed Windows Terminal. It’s designed to be the central location for access to environments like PowerShell, Cmd, and the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). Microsoft is adding multiple tab support alongside theming and customization for developers who want to tweak the Terminal app.
The creation of a new Terminal application for Windows was made after it became clear that the Windows console host, conhost.exe only.
Microsoft Windows Terminal App
One of the drawback points about Windows for developers is the lack of a fully featured Terminal app. Experts says that, the things have gotten better with newer versions of Windows 10. And the introduction of Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) relieved a lot of hurdles for developers without having to resort to booting Linux VMs. Still, multiple terminal windows are required for running simultaneous instances of PowerShell, CMD, and WSL.
The Microsoft Windows Terminal app will also be fully customizable with profiles. User will be allows to make multiple profiles for each app, shell, or tool that you import into Windows Terminal. That can be PowerShell, cmd prompt, SSH, or Ubuntu. Each profile can have its own color theme, background blur level, font style, and size. It’s a lot of customization to make the Windows Terminal work for most devs.
Besides other things, it will also support emoji and GPU-based text rendering as well. This text rendering is DirectX-based, and it will display text characters, glyphs, and symbols that are available on PC. Those include CJK ideograms, emoji, powerline symbols, icons, and programming ligatures. During the company’s Build developer conference, Microsoft unveiled the new Windows Terminal app. The software giant is planning to make it available in mid-June, and it marks Microsoft’s latest efforts to improve the developer environment on Windows 10.