Microsoft has been working to modernize the Windows experience by making the necessary changes in its latest Windows 11 OS. Now, the Redmond giant recently announced its plans to make Windows Terminal the default command line experience in Windows 11, starting next year. That means developers and Windows nerds will see Windows Terminal when they open Command Prompt in Windows 11 in 2022.
In a recent official blog post, Microsoft’s Program Manager for Windows Terminal, Kayla Cinnamon explained the nitty-gritty details about the change. So, let’s take look at what would this change mean for Windows users and developers.
Starting with the question of what is a default terminal, Kayla explained that it is primarily a default terminal emulator that supports other command-line programs such as Command Prompt and PowerShell. So, for those unaware, command-line programs such as these always have used the Windows Console Host, aka conhost.exe, as the default terminal emulator.
Although users can change the default terminal emulator from the Privacy and Security settings in Windows 11 and set it to the Windows Terminal, Microsoft has never taken down Windows Console Host from the default terminal position and neither did it support replacing it.
However, as Cinnamon stated, Microsoft is now planning to make Windows Terminal the default command line experience in Windows 11 over the course of 2022. With this change, the company aims to further modernize the Windows experience for users and developers alike.
“Over the course of 2022, we are planning to make Windows Terminal the default experience on Windows 11 devices,” Kayla wrote in the post. “We will start with the Windows Insider Program and start moving through rings until we reach everyone on Windows 11,” added Cinnamon.
Talking about the Windows Terminal, it was initially released by Microsoft on Windows 10 back in 2019. The app comes with various useful features, including support for multiple tabs, themes, customization, and more. It is scheduled to receive its next feature update sometime in January 2022.
As for the availability, Microsoft will initially make the Windows Terminal the default experience for Insiders, presumably those in the Dev channel. Following the test, the company will roll it out for the public, expectedly with the next major Windows 11 update, sometime in the second half of 2022.