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Microsoft Debuts New Windows Terminal Application

Microsoft’s new command line app Windows Terminal can now be downloaded in preview from the Microsoft Store.


At its Build 2019 event in May, announced a new application for . Called , the app acts as a central hub for users to access cmd line, Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), and PowerShell.

Windows Terminal was launched last month, but developers could only access it through code on GitHub. Microsoft has now released an installer for the application on the . Users can now install the Terminal app on Windows 10 as they would a normal Store app.

If you are unfamiliar with the new service, the Terminal is a one-stop shop for command line implementation on Windows 10. Developers can leverage multiple tabs and customize the experience with themes. On that latter front, you'll need to edit a JSON file to access the full suite of customization tools.

That's because Windows Terminal remains a preview experience without its final functionality. For users who do want to customize the app, Microsoft has provided a guide on how to configure the JSON file.

Other abilities in Terminal include GPU-based text rendering and emojis, which Microsoft was particularly proud of at Build last month.

“This is the first of several preview releases to the Microsoft Store,” says Kayla Cinnamon, Windows Terminal program manager. “The Terminal team is working towards creating 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. Windows Terminal 1.0 will arrive in the Microsoft Store this winter!”

YouTube Video

Last month, Microsoft rolled out an ad for Windows Terminal on . However, the company was forced to remove the video because of a copyright strike. At the time of its removal, after May 28, the video had 1.4 million views.

Music licensing platform MusicBed raised concerns, but Microsoft insisted it held a MusicBed account, so the content used was legal. This was the case and the copyright ban was ultimately lifted.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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