Windows 10 Is Finally Getting a Real Command Line

New Windows terminal showing Linux applicationsMicrosoft via The Verge

Forget the command prompt. Microsoft launches a new command-line application called "Windows Terminal". It has tabs and themes, with centralized access to PowerShell, the classic Cmd environment, and Bash via Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL.)

Windows has long had a lower command line environment than other operating systems. The Windows 10 WSL, which allows you to run Bash and other Linux shells, is excellent. But it is based on the old Windows console, as shown in the command prompt. These windows have no tab, characteristic of Linux and Mac windows for a very long time. With set failureit seems that classic console windows will not get them.

Microsoft has been working for years to improve the old Windows console. Microsoft has added various "experimental console features" such as Ctrl + C to copy and Ctrl + V to paste, which are disabled by default. After all, they risk destroying existing applications with the help of the old command prompt. Microsoft even swapped the color scheme of the console with a new, more readable. Microsoft worked hard to add unicode support to the environment of the existing console. Microsoft added support for VT codes complex Linux applications like tmux would be usable.

With the announcement today, Microsoft announces a new application called Windows Terminal. It will include multiple tabs with themes and other customization features. The Windows terminal uses text rendering based on a graphics processor and even supports emoji. It includes tabs so you can open the Cmd, PowerShell, and WSL consoles in one window.

Open a new tab in the new Windows terminalMicrosoft via Tom's Hardware

We are looking forward to learning more about this app and experimenting it in June. For now, this sounds like an exciting break with the past. It can make big changes without it being necessary to maintain perfect compatibility with older enterprise applications using the old Windows console.

On May 6, Microsoft announced this new application at the developer conference for its 2019 edition. Microsoft plans to make it available in mid-June. This application will not immediately replace the classic environment of the Windows console. The source code is already available on GitHub.

Beyond the visual changes, Microsoft also announced "Windows Subsystem for Linux 2." It would apparently offer up to twice the performance of the current version of WSL for operations involving a heavy file system. Windows 10 will include a Linux kernel to make this possible.

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New Windows Terminal application showing emoticonsMicrosoft via The Verge

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