Microsoft published a preview version of Windows Terminal, an upcoming multi-tab console and terminal application for Windows on the Microsoft Store.
The company released the source code of the Windows Terminal application in May 2019 officially on its GitHub website and revealed information about the upcoming application at that time.
Windows Terminal is an attempt to create a modern unified terminal interface. The application supports different terminal and console applications such as PowerShell, Command Prompt, and Linux terminals.
All of these terminals may be loaded in Windows Terminal. The application uses tabs to distinguish between different terminals; it takes just a click to create a new terminal and to switch between existing tabs.
The feature is not based on Sets but on its own tabs solution. Sets was an attempt by Microsoft to create a universal tab-driven interface; the company pulled Sets eventually from preview versions of Windows and it is unlikely that it will ever return.
Tip: find out how to connect to a Windows Terminal Server from Linux.
Microsoft notes that the current release is a -- very early -- preview of the application and that users should expect usability issues in the release.
Microsoft describes Windows Terminal in the following way:
The Windows Terminal is a new, modern, fast, efficient, powerful, and productive terminal application for users of command-line tools and shells like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL. Its main features include multiple tabs, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and custom themes, styles, and configurations.
Tab support and the unified interface for different terminal applications is without doubt one of the highlights of the new Windows Terminal application but the app features several technology improvements next to that. Besides support for Unicode and UTF-8 characters, it also supports customizations and uses GPU acceleration to render text.
Interface modification options are not integrated natively in the application at the time. It is necessary to edit the profiles.json file manually to make modifications to the application interface.
Each profile, e.g. PowerShell or Command Prompt, comes with its own set of settings so that you may use different background images, transparency values, or fonts.
Now you: what is your take on Windows Terminal? Would you use it?
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