Windows Terminal Preview Version 0.3 is here!

Microsoft has recently released Windows Terminal Preview version 0.3, which it wants to be the newest and best experience for developers who use Windows Command Prompt and PowerShell.

This app mainly aimed at developers who use command-line tools and shells like Command Prompt (cmd.exe), PowerShell, and the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

Launched in June, 2019 Terminal is launched with the fact that it might replace the familiar Command Prompt and PowerShell. Microsoft is allowing Windows Terminal to co-exist with Windows Console but it believes Terminal will become the preferred tool among those who need command-line apps.

Latest Terminal on Microsoft Store

The newest version of the Terminal app is available from the Microsoft Store and it’s also available on Microsoft’s Releases page on GitHub.

One of the improvements in version 0.3 is that the interface can now be dragged regardless of where the mouse pointer is positioned on the title bar.

The title bar has been updated with a resized dropdown button with new colors and stays to the right of the last opened tab. There are also new colors for minimize, maximize, and close buttons.

According to Kayla Cinnamon, program manager for Windows Terminal, Console and Command-Line, Terminal is integrating some accessibility features that allow tools like Windows Narrator to interrogate, navigate, and read the Terminal’s user interface controls and text content, 

Cinnamon notes that the new accessibility features are still a work in progress but predicts that overall the update is “Huge”. 

Thus, it appears to be the biggest update since the app’s launch two months ago.

New Features and Bug Fixes

Microsoft lists a bunch of bug fixes for this version of Terminal aimed at improving the experience for users, including several issues that were causing crashes.

With Terminal, users can define the tab title of each profile within settings, which takes priority over the shell-provided tab and should make it easier to tell the difference between profiles.

There are more choices for configuring the background image, with an option to add a background image on an acrylic background, and position the background anywhere on the screen. Moreover, it enables users to connect to the in-browser command-line called Azure-hosted Cloud Shell, which provides shell access to Azure.

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