Windows 9 To Include Improved Command Prompt With Experimental Features ((NEW))
Windows Terminal is a modern host application for the command-line shells you already love, like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and bash (via Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)). Its main features include multiple tabs, panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and the ability to create your own themes and customize text, colors, backgrounds, and shortcuts.
Windows 9 To Include Improved Command Prompt With Experimental Features
Microsoft has released their brand new Windows 10 for public testing. The Technical Preview build comes with a set of experimental options for the command prompt (cmd.exe) and other console-based tools such as PowerShell which can improve their usability. Here are the notable improvements.
This feature will allow you to set the transparency of the command prompt window from 30% to 100% (opaque). It affects all opened command prompt windows. For me it doesn't look particularly useful as it turns the whole window transparent including the window frame. This decreases the readability and does not improve the user experience in any way. It would have been better if Microsoft added transparency with glass/blur for the background only, that would have been really fancy.
While we are waiting for Microsoft to start its press event in the US to talk about its upcoming version of Windows, Rafael Rivera today highlighted one the key improvements Microsoft has made in Windows 9. Microsoft has finally decided to improve its Command Prompt/console. Microsoft is including several experimental features in this release. Some of the experimental features include line wrapping selection, ability to filter clipboard contents on paste, support for new Control key shortcuts and more.
Welcome to our first Windows Terminal release of 2021! This release brings new features to Windows Terminal Preview version 1.6 as well as moves Windows Terminal to version 1.5, which includes the features from this previous blog post. You can download both versions from the Microsoft Store or from the GitHub releases page. Below are some of the highlights in this release, however we recommend checking out the release notes to see everything that has improved with version 1.6.
Precompiled headersare a general approach employed by many compilers to reduce compilationtime. The underlying motivation of the approach is that it is common forthe same (and often large) header files to be included by multiplesource files. Consequently, compile times can often be greatly improvedby caching some of the (redundant) work done by a compiler to processheaders. Precompiled header files, which represent one of many ways toimplement this optimization, are literally files that represent anon-disk cache that contains the vital information necessary to reducesome of the work needed to process a corresponding header file. Whiledetails of precompiled headers vary between compilers, precompiledheaders have been shown to be highly effective at speeding up programcompilation on systems with very large system headers (e.g., macOS).
There are lots of command lines which can be used with the Google Chrome browser. Some change behavior of features, others are for debugging or experimenting. This page lists the available switches including their conditions and descriptions. Last automated update occurred on 2023-02-05.
They include new languages and emotions added to Neural Text to Speech to improve and scale the reach of voice assistants and more; synthetic voice training with Custom Neural Voice, including multi-style tones like cheerful or sad; Embedded Speech, enabling companies to use Azure speech services on their devices; customization features like lexicons to improve accuracy of speech recognition; and improved audio processing of all Azure prebuilt voices.
Azure Stack HCI offers subscription-based management for customers who need hybrid infrastructure in their own datacenters. Enabled by Azure Arc, Azure Stack HCI is introducing a new release with many new features to increase security, versatility and performance. They include:
GitHub Advanced Security for Azure DevOps provides a native app security solution within the Azure DevOps platform. New features, currently in private preview, will enable organizations to easily identify and fix exposed secrets and vulnerable open-source dependencies across the software life cycle. Advanced Security for Azure DevOps will include a powerful and accurate CodeQL code scanner to identify any code vulnerabilities or errors in code. These new features are seamlessly integrated within the developer workflow to help developers implement security earlier in the software development life cycle to find and fix security issues before they deploy software to production.
Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability is growing, with the introduction of new capabilities to Microsoft Sustainability Manager, which empowers organizations to easily record, report and reduce their environmental impact. New features, now generally available, include an extended data model with increased Scope 3 emissions calculation methodologies for priority categories as companies track emissions data to provide clear and transparent reporting.
Microsoft Viva Topics applies intelligence to automatically organize content across systems and identify experts within the organization to deliver just-in-time knowledge in the apps people use every day. New features in Viva Topics, now in preview, and new ways to discover knowledge in Microsoft 365 include:
Comprehensive security requires a proactive approach to data protection and governance. With the increase in hybrid work, Microsoft knows users want to balance modern security with modern collaboration. The newest innovations in Microsoft Purview Data Lifecycle Management are designed to help address these challenges with a focus on Microsoft Teams data governance and extensibility. These features include:
Microsoft Purview Information Protection is a solution that helps users with sensitive information. New features for Purview Information Protection make it easier to discover, classify, protect and manage content across multiple environments and include:
Test Base is a cloud-based intelligent testing solution developed with the goal of helping organizations modernize the way they validate their apps against Windows releases. Based on feedback, Microsoft is adding new features to help make app testing even easier and expand the apps against which they can be tested. These features include:
To download the Experimental branch of the Dedicated Server, add -beta experimental to the end of your SteamCMD invocation. It is not yet possible with Epic Games Launcher. See the following example commands for Linux and Windows respectively:
New features of Windows Vista include an updated graphical user interface and visual style dubbed "Aero," a new search component called "Windows Search," redesigned networking, audio, print, and display sub-systems, and new multimedia tools such as Windows DVD Maker. Windows Vista aimed to increase the level of communication between machines on a home network, using peer-to-peer technology to simplify sharing files and media between computers and devices. Windows Vista included version 3.0 of the .NET Framework, allowing software developers to write applications without traditional Windows APIs. Windows Vista removed support for devices without ACPI.
While these new features and security improvements garnered positive reviews, Windows Vista was also the target of much criticism and negative press. Criticism of Windows Vista includes its high system requirements, more restrictive licensing terms, lack of compatibility, longer boot time, and excessive authorization prompts from User Account Control. As a result of these and other issues, Windows Vista saw lower initial adoption and satisfaction rates than Windows XP. However, Windows Vista usage had surpassed Microsoft's pre-launch two-year-out expectations of achieving 200 million users, with an estimated 330 million Internet users in January 2009. On October 22, 2010, Microsoft ceased sales of retail copies of Windows Vista, and the original equipment manufacturer's sales for Windows Vista ceased a year later. The market share of Windows Vista fell below 1% by the end of 2021, coinciding with the release of Windows 11.
Most builds of Longhorn and Vista were identified by a label that was always displayed in the bottom-right corner of the desktop. A typical build label would look like "Longhorn Build 3683.Lab06_N.020923-1821". Higher build numbers did not automatically mean that the latest features from every development team at Microsoft was included. Typically, a team working on a certain feature or subsystem would generate their working builds which developers would test with, and when the code was deemed stable, all the changes would be incorporated back into the main development tree at once. At Microsoft, several "Build labs" exist where the compilation of the entirety of Windows can be performed by a team. The name of the lab in which any given build originated is shown as part of the build label, and the date and time of the build follow that. Some builds (such as Beta 1 and Beta 2) only display the build label in the version information dialog (Winver). The icons used in these builds are from Windows XP.
Vista includes technologies such as ReadyBoost and ReadyDrive, which employ fast flash memory (located on USB flash drives and hybrid hard disk drives) to improve system performance by caching commonly used programs and data. This manifests itself in improved battery life on notebook computers as well, since a hybrid drive can be spun down when not in use. Another new technology called SuperFetch utilizes machine learning techniques to analyze usage patterns to allow Windows Vista to make intelligent decisions about what content should be present in system memory at any given time. It uses almost all the extra RAM as disk cache. In conjunction with SuperFetch, an automatic built-in Windows Disk Defragmenter makes sure that those applications are strategically positioned on the hard disk where they can be loaded into memory very quickly with the least physical movement of the hard disk's read-write heads.