New features in Windows Console in Windows 10

Every subsequent version of Windows attempts to bring new features and improvements to the OS so that it’s better than the earlier iterations. With the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (FCU) releasing on October 17th, 2017, the Windows Console gets several new features & improvements which have been outlined below.

New features in Windows 10 Console

Windows Console in Windows 10

Both, the Command Prompt and PowerShell in Windows 10 are extremely useful and powerful command line tools. The big upgrade will be delivering major Windows Console changes to enhance the way these two command line apps look and work.

Microsoft is currently giving the Windows Console its biggest overhaul in more than 30 years, injecting new life into the Windows command-line ecosystem as a whole.

One change that is likely to be seen soon in the Windows Console is Tabs addition to the interface. Microsoft is exploring all viable options for adding copy-and-paste operations that include formatting (CTRL+SHIFT+C and CTRL+SHIFT+V). This change was signaled by Rich Turner, a developer on the Microsoft Console team. He also hinted that the settings menu could be revisited.

Custom color schemes using ColorTool

The visible changes in the new update will include a new color scheme to improve the contrast between text and backgrounds within the console. In addition to this, Microsoft claims the color scheme will display better on newer LCD terminals. Users can import custom color schemes into their Consoles via newly released an open-source ColorTool. You can download it as a zip file from here.

Microsoft is also considering adding improved support for Windows Narrator in the upcoming  Windows 10 fall Creators Update.  The change will allow Windows Console’s contents to be read by Windows Narrator and any other screen-reader or tool via the Windows UI Automation infrastructure (UIA).  As the Console will be capable of exposing each line of the contents to UIA, tools like Narrator will interrogate Console windows and read their contents to the user.

Console Re-architecture Plan and Improved Text Rendering

Windows Console’s internals will undergo a complete overhaul as Microsoft is planning to modernize its architecture. The team has also brought several important improvements to the Console’s text rendering and VT handling abilities. As a result of this, the Console will render text similar to what is seen on a Linux or Mac console.

Having said that, Microsoft acknowledges that the modernization of Windows Console is a long-term project and not an overnight process. As such, it aims to improve the Windows Console without breaking things. These improvements will start to appear in Windows 10 Insider builds in the coming weeks, and will make the final appearance in the next major Windows 10 release in several months’ time.

For more information on this topic, visit MSDN blog.

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