Tuesday was Day 1 at Microsoft’s virtual Build 2020 conference. In keeping with all the hoopla that normally attends such an event, the company announced the release of Windows Terminal 1.0. It’s available at the Microsoft Store or from its GitHub releases page. Because a new Windows Package Manager was also released today (see my companion Win10.Guru article on this tool), I show its installation using the Package Manager’s winget command-line facility in the lead-in graphic for this story. Today’s release of an “enterprise-ready” version of Terminal follows this program’s initial debut in Preview form at Build 2019. There’s also an ongoing Preview version still live, for those interested in where the tool is going. The Developer team has also promised that “Windows Terminal will have monthly updates, starting in July 2020.”
Windows Terminal will happily show the WSL environment running some Linux version. Here, you see the Ubuntu shell at work.
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Our own Kari has written about Windows Terminal here at Win10.Guru a couple of times. His most notable piece is from July 10, 2019 entitled “Windows Terminal – A sample profiles.json (settings) file.” In that story he not only explains the .json file that drives Windows Terminal’s layout and tab arrangements, he also provides a nice example of such a file, so readers can grab and fool around with it as they might like. He also wrote about an early (June 2019) preview release as well.
The overview document at Microsoft Docs is entitled “What is Windows Terminal?” and is also worth a read-through: it includes pointers to information about color schemes, custom configurations, custom key bindings, and even background image support. There’s also a “deep dive” Microsoft video on YouTube “Building a better command line experience…” that’s worth a look-see. And of course, I’d be remiss not to point you at the user-docs folder for Windows Terminal on GitHub (it’s a kind of “ultimate repository” for user documentation on this tool). Enjoy!
Author: Ed Tittel
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