Microsoft clarifies: Windows Terminal will not replace Command Prompt

Devesh Beri

Microsoft has clarified that Windows Terminal is not intended to replace Command Prompt. Instead, Windows Terminal is designed to provide a more modern and feature-rich interface for command-line enthusiasts, offering the flexibility to work with various command-line applications, including Command Prompt, PowerShell, and others.

The Command Prompt has been around for a long time but is still an important part of the Windows ecosystem. It is commonly used to run basic system commands and interact with the file system. Its syntax and command structure are familiar to many users, making it a useful tool for certain tasks.

On the other hand, Windows Terminal enhances the command-line experience by allowing users to work in different environments simultaneously. This is especially valuable for tasks like AI development, where developers often need to switch between different command-line tools and scripting languages.

What is the difference between Command Prompt and Windows Terminal?

Command Prompt is an old CLI that allows you to interact with your computer by typing commands. It is not as powerful or flexible as other CLIs like PowerShell. At the same time, Windows Terminal is a modern, tabbed CLI released in 2019 that supports multiple shells, including Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL. It offers features such as themes, custom fonts, and keyboard shortcuts that Command Prompt lacks.

Overall, Windows Terminal is a valuable tool for AI entrepreneurs and developers. It offers several advantages over Command Prompt, including versatility, efficiency, and collaboration. However, Command Prompt is still a popular tool, and it is unlikely to be completely replaced by Windows Terminal in the near future.