Windows Terminal, Microsoft’s modern command line tool that make its debut on Windows 10 two years ago will become the default terminal experience on Windows 11 PCs. Microsoft announced yesterday that the change will hit the Windows Insider Program next year before reaching all Windows 11 users in 2022.
Microsoft announced its new Windows Terminal back at Build 2019, and the app launched in preview with full Unicode support, GPU-accelerated text rendering, and multiple tabs. Windows Terminal has received a lot of updates since its initial release, and once its becomes the default terminal experience on Windows 11, it will be used by default when opening command line applications instead of the current Windows Console Host.
Windows 11 users can already set Windows Terminal as their default terminal experience, and the option is available inside the Developer settings page of Windows settings, as well as inside Windows Terminal’s own settings. "For a long time, users have not been easily able to replace the console host. There were definitely third parties who hooked the OS to make it possible, but it was never truly supported,” explained Microsoft’s Kayla Cinnamon.
Windows Terminal is currently available to download from the Microsoft Store, and the app is an open-source project with a dedicated GitHub page. Microsoft will be listening to user feedback to improve the app and fix bugs before Windows Terminal becomes the default experience on Windows 11 in 2022, and you can file issues and feature requests on GitHub.