Microsoft’s new Windows Terminal app is here… or at least a public preview is. First announced in May, the new app provides a bunch of features that Microsoft’s earlier command line tools lacked.

It also brings all those command line tools together in one place: you can use Windows Terminal to interact with the Windows Command Prompt, PowerShell, or Windows Subsystem for Linux.

The Windows Terminal app preview is now available for download from the Microsoft Store and it should work on any machine running Windows 10 version 18362 or higher. According to Microsoft, version 1.0 is scheduled to launch this winter.

Among other things, the new app adds support for:

  • Tabs
  • GPU-accelerated text rendering
  • Custom theme styles (including background images)
  • Custom configurations
  • Unicode and UTF-8 character support

Microsoft says users can customizing settings by editing the profiles.json file which is accessible from the settings menu. And users can create custom key bindings for any terminal function. They’ll also be visible from a drop-down menu for your profile to help you remember your custom shortcuts.

Windows Terminal is also an open source project, and the code is hosted at github.

via Windows Command Line Tools For Developers

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3 replies on “Microsoft releases Windows Terminal preview (with tabs, GPU acceleration, and more)”

  1. Yea, because we’ve all been in need of ‘GPU-accelerated text rendering’! Woohoo!

  2. Wow I like the direction Windows 10 is going. Now all they need is to implement a Tiling window feature, like i3 Window Manager, and make it 100% controllable with keyboard commands.

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