At last year’s Microsoft Build 2019 conference, Microsoft announced the first open source Windows Terminal. Last month, Build 2020 finally announced the official arrival of Windows Terminal 1.0. A roadmap for Windows Terminal 2.0 was also unveiled recently.
Key features in the plan include:
Settings UI: Connecting to the settings.json user interface provides a way to edit JSON files without having to edit their settings.
Palette Command: A pop-up menu that lists possible actions and commands.
Tab Tear-off: You can drag and remove a tab from the current window and generate a new window or attach it to a separate window.
Clickable links: All links that can be hyperlinked to appear in the text buffer. When you click the link, it opens in the default browser.
Default Terminal: If a command-line application is built, it should be opened in Windows Terminal (if installed) or in the user’s preferred terminal.
Overall theme support: label color, title bar color, pane border color, pane border width, definition of theme, and so on.
Open tabs as administrators/other users (Open tab admin/other user): Open the tab as admin in an existing Windows Terminal instance (if The Terminal is not promoted) or another user.
Traditional Opacity: A transparent background with no acrylic blur.
SnapOnOutput, Scroll Lock: Pause output or click Scroll.
Infinite rollback: The text buffer has an infinite history.
Pane management: Some features include resizing the pane with the mouse, zooming the pane, and prompting which profile to use to open the pane.
Theme Marketplace: A market for creating and distributing topics. Depends on the overall theme.
Jump list: The profile is displayed from the taskbar (right-click)/start menu.
Open with multiple tabs: This setting allows Windows Terminal to start with a specific tab configuration (rather than just using command-line parameters).
Open in Windows Terminal: Right-click on a file or folder and select the features that open in Windows Terminal.
Session restore: Start Windows Terminal and restore the previous session with the correct tab and pane configuration and starting directory.
Quake mode: Provides a quick start terminal that appears and disappears when the hot key is pressed.
Set up migration: Migrate user settings without breaking them, and is tightly integrated with the settingup user interface.
Pointer binding: Provides settings that can be bound to the mouse.
These new features will first enter Windows Terminal Preview, a month into the preview, and then move into Windows Terminal. Therefore, Windows Terminal Preview is always a month ahead of Windows Terminal when the same version number is released.
According to Microsoft’s schedule, Windows Terminal Preview will release version 1.1 on June 30, while Windows Terminal 1.1 is expected to be released on July 31. And so on, a new version will be delivered every four weeks. At the end of April next year, a 2.0 release candidate will be available. The final release is tentatively scheduled for May 31, 2021.
See the 2.0 roadmap for details: