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Microsoft Announces a New "Windows Terminal"

Microsoft Announces a New "Windows Terminal"

I am a big fan of Windows (shame shame shame). I’m usually the only Surface in a sea of MacBooks. I love both platforms and work on both. My kitchen laptop is a 2015 MacBook and I’d gladly get another if they ever fix the keyboard so that it has more than 1mm of travel.

At Build today, Microsoft announced the "Windows Terminal"

The tools I use are the same on each so it’s not a big deal to switch between the two. With this new Terminal, my tools across platforms will become even closer:

Recently, Windows brought Bash to Windows. I now use the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) for all my dev work. The new Windows Terminal will make the dev experience with the command line, PowerShell, or the WSL much easier.

A New Terminal!

At Microsoft Build, a new terminal was announced! It can wrap the old school cmd.exe, PowerShell, or the new wsl.exe.


The cool things about the new terminal

  • Graphics enhanced (GPU)
  • Tab support
  • Emoji support
  • Can be used with CMD, PowerShell, and WSL

Coming in June

I currently use Hyper as my terminal and have that wrap around the WSL. It’s been working great and I love having an extra option.

It’ll launch mid-June along with WSL 2 and is a solid win for developers working on Windows. Microsoft has done some solid work for the open source and developer community recently and I can’t wait to see what else is in store.

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