Build 2019: Microsoft announces new Terminal command-line app with tabbed interface

Kareem Anderson

For the developers who like to work in style, Microsoft just took the wraps off its Windows Terminal, the new command line app for Windows.

The new Windows Terminal is designed to be a hub to access to the most widely used developer tools on Windows such as PowerShell, Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) and Cmd.

In addition to the consolidation efforts, Microsoft is also upping its power user experience by adding tabs support for quicker access to areas.

On the lighter fare of Windows Terminal features are theming customizations, support for rendering of emoji and GPU-based texting.

Microsoft has accompanied the announcement of Windows Terminal with a video and a mention in a recently released blog post about “Developing people-centered experiences with Microsoft 365,” which goes into further detail about some nifty Visual Studio Code considerations within the application.

The new Visual Studio Code Remote extension enables seamless remote development in the Windows Subsystem for Linux, containers, and virtual machines. This extension brings the best of local development and remote development together – allowing developers to enable scenarios on their local instance of Visual Studio Code. The Remote extension is available today.

While the software was highlighted during Microsoft’s BUILD developer conference today, developers will have to wait a few more weeks before they can get their hands on it as the company plans a mid-June rollout to users.