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.
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.
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.