The new Windows Terminal is now available for download from the Microsoft Store

The new Windows Terminal app preview can now be downloaded from the Microsoft Store. (Source: Microsoft)
The new Windows Terminal app preview can now be downloaded from the Microsoft Store. (Source: Microsoft)
Microsoft has released a preview of the new Windows Terminal app to the Microsoft Store. The Windows Terminal app consolidates all command line tools into a unified tabbed interface that offers GPU-accelerated text rendering, custom themes, and support for Unicode and UTF-8 characters. The app is still in early preview with version 1.0 expected to hit the Microsoft Store this winter.

Microsoft unveiled the new Windows Terminal at Build 2019 finally bringing features to the Windows command line that *nix users have been enjoying for a long time. With Windows Terminal, users get GPU-accelerated text rendering, ability to simultaneously use multiple command line tools such as PowerShell, WSL, CMD in a tabbed interface, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, custom themes, and more.

Up till now, developers could install the Windows Terminal preview by manually compiling the source code made available on GitHub. Now, as promised, Microsoft has released an installer to the Microsoft Store to allow more users to test it out. You need to be running the Windows 10 May 2019 Update (version 18362.0 or higher) to download the preview. If you are a developer, you can still compile up to date code available on GitHub and run it alongside the Store version simultaneously.

Upon installation, users will be greeted with a standard terminal interface that does not offer any of the snazzy themes or customizations. Microsoft provides directions for editing the profiles.json file that is accessible by clicking on Settings. You can customize options such as the acrylic background, set a custom background image, write custom key bindings for different functions, and more. Check out the Source link below for more information. 

The Windows Terminal team writes that they are working to create a "consistent schedule that offers regular previews and more frequent builds for those who want to get access to the latest features as they arrive". Version 1.0 of the Windows Terminal will be available on the Microsoft Store this winter. In the meantime, you can check out the early preview version from the Microsoft Store here

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2019-06-23 (Update: 2019-06-23)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
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.