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Build 2019 | Microsoft unveils Windows Terminal, a new unified command line app for Windows 10

Windows Terminal supports running multiple terminal types in the same window in tabs. (Source: Microsoft)
Windows Terminal supports running multiple terminal types in the same window in tabs. (Source: Microsoft)
At the Build 2019 developer conference that kicked off today, Microsoft announced that it will soon introduce a Windows Terminal app that consolidates all command line interfaces including PowerShell, Command Prompt, and WSL into a single interface that supports tabbed views, GPU acceleration, and emojis. The company also announced that WSL 2 will also be made available later this year that will bring improved filesystem I/O, faster Linux startup, and native Docker container support.

One of the sore points about Windows for developers is the lack of a fully featured Terminal app. Things have gotten better with newer versions of Windows 10 and the introduction of Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) eased a lot of hardships 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.

Not anymore. At Build 2019, Microsoft's premier developer conference, the Redmond-giant announced a new app called Windows Terminal that promises a redesigned command line experience including GPU-acceleration for text rendering, tear-away tabs, and full Unicode support including East Asian fonts, emojis and ligatures, and theme and extension support. Terminal will soon become the de facto program for all command line tasks. Windows Terminal is now available as a preview and will be released for public sometime in mid-June.

Microsoft also announced that it is working on the next generation of WSL, WSL 2 based on the Linux 4.19 kernel. Microsoft said that the same kernel is used to build Azure and will help in reduced Linux boot times and improved memory use. WSL 2 is also said to improve filesystem I/O performance and can natively run Docker containers instead of having to deploy VMs for the same. WSL 2 will launch as a preview later this year.

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Windows Terminal supports themeing and hardware accelerated text rendering. (Source: Microsoft)
Windows Terminal supports themeing and hardware accelerated text rendering. (Source: Microsoft)

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2019-05- 6 (Update: 2019-05- 6)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.