Windows Terminal appears on Microsoft Store, but you can't try it just yet

What you need to know

  • The new Windows Terminal is now available in preview on the Microsoft Store.
  • The Microsoft Store listing makes clear that this is an early preview version of the app.
  • The new terminal was announced at Build 2019 and brings several new features.

Updated June 24, 2018: In a blog post over the weekend, Microsoft announced that the Windows Terminal preview release is now available to download from the Microsoft Store. The original story follows.

One of the biggest announcements to come out of Microsoft's Build 2019 conference earlier this year for developers was the new Windows Terminal, and so far it's only been available in preview form via GitHub. However, Microsoft said the Windows Terminal app would hit the Microsoft Store this summer, and now it has delivered.

But don't get your hopes up; it isn't working just yet.

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A Microsoft Store listing for the app was found by Twitter user Stanzilla (via Neowin), and it's very clear that this is an early preview version. And by early, the app doesn't work even if you manage to install it.

From the listing:

This very early preview release includes many usability issues, most notably the lack of support for assistive technology. Much of the internal work to support this is complete and it's our top priority to support assistive technology very soon. To follow progress please follow this issue on GitHub: https://github.com/microsoft/terminal/issues/634

Windows Terminal is designed to be one place for developers to tinker with Command Prompt, PowerShell, and the Windows Subsystem for Linux. The Terminal supports opening multiple tabs, Unicode and UTF-8 characters, custom themes, and sports a GPU accelerated text rendering engine.

For now, if you want to try Windows Terminal, you'll have to compile it from GitHub. Presumably, we'll gradually see Microsoft push updates to the app soon to get it working.

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