Build 2019: Windows 10 to Pick Up Tabbed Terminal, More

Posted on May 6, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Dev, Windows 10 with 24 Comments

Today at its Build 2019 developer show, Microsoft announced several coming improvements to Windows 10. These are mostly developer-focused, but several will be of interest to power users and even general users as well.

They are:

Windows Terminal. Microsoft’s next-generation command line environment will support GPU-powered text rending, emojis, and multiple tabs. “Windows Terminal will elevate the command-line user experience on Windows, delivering a powerful environment for users of PowerShell, Cmd, Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) and all forms of command-line application,” Microsoft notes. It’s expected to arrive in mid-June, so it’s not clear if it’s an Insider feature, perhaps for Windows 19H2, or something external to Windows.

Windows Subsystem for Linux 2. The next-generation version of WSL will address the top customer requests for improved performance and compatibility. It will offer up to twice the speed of today’s WSL for “file-system heavy operations” and will support running Linux Docker containers. It will also arrive in mid-June.

React Native for Windows. A new implementation of React Native for Windows will let developers who prefer this ecosystem to user-experience components on Windows. It is being developed on GitHub, Microsoft notes, and developers can use it now in pre-release form.

Microsoft Identity improvements. The Microsoft Identity platform is picking up a new app registration experience, new Microsoft Authentication Libraries, and support for Android, iOS, and web (JavaScript).

The most interesting bit there, of course, is the tabbed-based Terminal, which explains recent news around tabs in command line environments. Or perhaps the timing.

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