On the occasion of the Microsoft Build 2019 Developer Conference, a lot happened at Microsoft this week – including the announcement of the new Windows Terminal, which will be available this summer. It can use the Windows Command Prompt, PowerShell, WSL, and more.
Microsoft has introduced the new Windows Terminal, which has many features to shine: Developers should not only get the option of multiple tabs for the supported command line tools and shells. The new terminal should also be characterized by a high degree of customization.
Windows Terminal is designed to support the opening of multiple tabs related to a command-line shell or app of your choice, such as: For example, the Windows command prompt, PowerShell, Ubuntu on WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) or Raspberry Pi via SSH.
Custom interface through profiles
According to Microsoft, many developers who work with the console want a high level of surface personalization. Therefore, in Windows Terminal, creating profiles can set the appearance for each shell or app. Among other things, the font and size, color themes, background blurring and transparency can be configured individually. The settings are saved in a text file.
The text rendering engine used in the new terminal should also be able to display not only text but also other characters such as emojis. For this, only the appropriate fonts must be installed on the PC, but also working on a brand new open-source font with programming ligatures Microsoft already.
Windows Terminal is open source
The new Windows Terminal is already ready for testing, because it was put together with the previous Windows console on GitHub Open Source . Starting next summer, it should be available as a download for Windows 10 in the Microsoft Store, before in the winter of 2019, the version 1.0 should appear.
All other information about the announcement of Microsoft, published on the Dev blog .