The Windows command line tool that can be accessed by typing cmd.exe in the run box or via the start menu or start screen of the operating system has not been changed in a long time. It provides basic command line functionality but lacks many features of modern applications. It is for instance not possible to pick any other font other than the two that can be selected.
Console 2 tries to be a better command line in Windows by migrating the command line to the modern age. It introduces tabbed browsing, transparency, layout changes and several other features that increase productivity. Most of the new features can be configured in the settings of Console 2 which you can access via Edit > Settings.
Tabbed browsing on the other hand is available directly without configuration. You can create new tabs with the click of the button so that you can switch easily between different command line prompt screens without having to have open multiple windows. A new font - including font size, format, color and smoothing - can be selected in the appearance menu which can be really useful as well.
The functionality of Console 2 is exactly the same that the default Windows command line offers which means that the changes are mostly cosmetic changes that do increase your productivity. The most important additions in my opinion are the selection of additional fonts, the transparency and the tabbed browsing.
So, it is basically a frontend for the Windows shell that improves it significantly in many aspects.
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