Windows Terminal Gets A Huge Update

Windows Terminal

Microsoft has rolled out the biggest update till now for Windows Terminal, its impressive new tool that unifies the command line capabilities of the Windows 10 operating system.

This is an app that offers the best of three worlds — Command Line, PowerShell and Windows Subsystem for Linux.

Still in beta, so the version number is 0.3 now, but a whole lot is new in this release.

One key addition is the ability to drag the title bar around the screen. This is something that was not previously possible. There is now a better dropdown button layout, where the dropdown arrow and the new tab button are now to the right of the tabs, rather than far right.

Staying on the UI front, we also have the minimize, maximize and close buttons sporting the same color as the rest of the title bar.

This makes it more in line with the rest of the application that provide a tabbed experience, like Edge.

Developers that use the application will also appreciate the new accessibility features that it has inherited. These are mainly the options that were added to the Windows Console, and you now have the possibility where Windows Narrator can now navigate and read Windows Terminal UI controls.

There are also new options for adding background images, and it is now possible to either add an Acrylic background, or even an animated GIF as a background image in the terminal window.

You will also find new additions like new selection and key bindings, an updated About section, and more importantly, Azure Cloud Shell connector.

The latter option allows you to connect to the browser-based command line experience hosted in the cloud right from within Terminal, giving you access to your files and projects stored within Azure and connect to them from your desktop.

Couldn’t ask for more!

This new tool debuted in June, and since then Microsoft has been focused on adding in the improvements. The latest preview version can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store below, but it is also available on the Microsoft section on GitHub here.

Download: Windows Terminal

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