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Big performance enhancements for the Linux subsystem are also on the way.

Windows Terminal, showing its support for themes and tabs.
Enlarge / Windows Terminal, showing its support for themes and tabs.
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Details are currently scarce, but Microsoft has announced some big changes coming to its command-line interface. In Windows 10, Microsoft has been working to make the Windows command-line experience vastly improved, making it work much more like Unix command-line environments. But a couple of issues are still waiting to be fixed: people want tabs in their command-line, and they want support for emoji.

 

Coming in June, Windows Terminal will bring both of these. It sounds as if Windows Terminal will be able to replace the existing conhost console (the Windows component that's responsible for drawing command-line windows) with its limited feature set, ensuring that the new features are available to anything and everything that uses the command-line, including the traditional Windows NT cmd.exe but also including PowerShell and the Windows Subsystem for Linux.

 

Windows Subsystem for Linux is also in line for some big improvements. Also coming in June, Microsoft intends to add full support for running containerized applications using Docker on WSL. This has been a much-requested piece of compatibility that developers have wanted in WSL.

 

Microsoft also plans to address a long-standing complaint about WSL: its file system performance is very slow, taking much longer to create, enumerate, and destroy files and folders than a comparable Linux machine. Some of these issues are likely due to the NTFS file system—its performance in these areas has long lagged behind that of Linux file systems—but a big portion of the overhead appears to be WSL itself. The improvements Microsoft is making should at least double the performance of these file system operations.

 

Source: Coming soon: Windows Terminal—finally a tabbed, emoji-capable Windows command-line (Ars Technica - Peter Bright)

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Microsoft Launches Windows Terminal Command Line App for Windows 10 

Microsoft is using its Build developer conference this week to introduce a series of new tools for… well… developers, including a brand-new command line app that will be exclusive to Windows 10.

 

Microsoft is using its Build developer conference this week to introduce a series of new tools for… well… developers, including a brand-new command line app that will be exclusive to Windows 10.

 
Called Windows Terminal, the new app will integrate the other command line tools, like Command Prompt (cmd), PowerShell, and the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

The purpose of Windows Terminal is pretty clear: Microsoft wants to provide users with a central hub that would serve as the one destination for developers, regardless of the environment they want to work with.

And because Microsoft is all about productivity these days, Windows Terminal will come with a series of benefits versus the other command line apps in Windows 10, including even support for emoji.To launch as preview next monthFurthermore, the software giant says Windows Terminal will support multiple tabs, a feature that developers will clearly enjoy for added productivity. Themes will also be offered for extra customization power, and further new features are likely to be added in the coming months.

Needless to say, Microsoft has also spent a lot of time on optimizing the power of Windows Terminal under the hood, so the app will be faster for what the software giant calls “file system heavy operations.” Support for running Linux docker containers will be offered with major benefits in terms of speed, Microsoft says.

Like many other major new features, Windows Terminal won’t become available for users overnight, but make its way to Windows 10 gradually.

Microsoft plans to release it to users in the Windows Insider program starting next month. The company hasn’t yet offered an ETA when it should go live for production devices, but there’s a chance the next Windows 10 feature update due in the fall could come with Windows Terminal as a core app.
 
 
 
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On 5/6/2019 at 5:11 PM, Karlston said:

 

Official Microsoft Terminal video gets taken down by a copyright claim

 

Discussion about   it here

https://old.reddit.com/r/programming/comments/bunpvo/official_microsoft_terminal_video_gets_taken_down/

 

:lmao:

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