When Microsoft unveiled Windows Terminal 1.0 at Build 2020, the company also revealed a new open source tool called Windows Package Manager. The tool makes it easier for developers to create work environment with Windows Terminal and other command line tools:

“The Windows Package Manager is a tool designed to help you quickly and easily discover and install those tools that make your PC environment special. By using the Windows Package Manager, from one command, you can install your favorite tool: winget install <tool>”

Windows Package Manager presents a way for developers to access tools that are not available to them from the Microsoft Store. That’s important for adding more tools to Windows app development.

Some tools have not been given the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) treatment and are still in Win32 software packages. These features are now accessible through the Package Manager. Microsoft describes the benefits of the service:

“Essentially, it is a set of software tools that help you automate the process of getting software on your machine. You specify which apps you want installed, and it does the work of finding the latest version (or the exact one you specified) and installing it on your machine.”

Windows Package Manager is available through the Windows Insider Program in preview. You will also need to install Microsoft’s App Installer. For more information about the open source tool, check out the GitHub page here.

Windows Terminal 1.0

In related Build 2020 news, Microsoft also brought Windows Terminal out of preview for the first time.

Windows Terminal 1.0 arrives a year after the application was first announced. The app is a new command prompt experience for Windows 10. Developers can leverage multiple tabs and customize the experience with themes.