Microsoft: New Windows Terminal update gives you better tabs and these features

Microsoft has released the latest monthly update to preview Terminal (a Windows application for developers) and improved tabs.

Tabs are an important UI feature of Terminal, allowing developers to use multiple tools such as the Windows subsystem and PowerShell Core on Linux distributions.

Last month’s update introduced Cascadia code fonts, improved settings, and enabled stylus support. The new Terminal Preview 1910 release now makes adjustments to the UI to make the color contrast between tabs, rounded corners on drop-down menus, and between tab separators better. These improvements are due to updating Terminal to WinUI TabView version 2.2.

Just like a browser, if multiple tabs are open, the terminal will now warn the user when clicking the X button on the window. Plus users can double-click the tab bar to maximize the window. There are also key bindings for increasing and decreasing the font size.

The terminal will automatically detect all installed Windows Linux Subsystem (WSL) distributions and display them in the profiles.json file. They can be accessed in the drop-down menu, but they can also be hidden if the user does not want to see them there.

As promised last month, settings are an area that Microsoft will work on in future terminal previews.

The terminal now comes with a “defaults.json” file with all the default settings. Any changes to the file will be ignored and overwritten. Users can configure custom settings from their profile.json file.

There are also some new startup settings that allow users to set the terminal to maximize startup or set it to the initial position of the screen. For users using multiple monitors, there is also an option to set the terminal to start on the left or above the main monitor.

Microsoft plans to continue to release a monthly update of Terminal until it reaches the “ feature complete ” status at the end of 2019, and then plans to release version 1.0 in April 2020.

The company also released PowerShell 7 Preview 5, the second preview release of the planned release candidate in line with the final release of .NET Core 3.1.

Microsoft plans to release a generic version of PowerShell 7 in January, which will be its first long-term service release. .NET Core 3.1 is scheduled for release in November 2019 and will also be a long-term supported version with support for at least three years.

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