Windows Terminal is the new standard run-time console for Windows 11 offering command line, PowerShell, Linux commands and other capabilities

Windows Terminal Becoming Default Console in Windows 11 —

Windows Terminal as your Default Command Line Experience – Windows Command Line (

Microsoft indicated plans this week to make its open source Windows Terminal app the default command-line console in Windows 11, along with opening the operating system up to using other consoles by default.

Windows Terminal had its debut in 2019 and works on systems running Windows 10 version 18362.0 or higher. It’s used to run command-line tools and shells such as “Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL [Windows Subsystem for Linux],” per Microsoft’s product description. Windows Terminal notably has customization capabilities, such as the ability to keep multiple tabs open, set custom themes, plus specify color preferences for background and text.

Microsoft’s announcement explained that its current default terminal in Windows is based on the venerable Windows Console Host, namely conhost.exe. The Windows Console Host is typically used by the command prompt in Windows, as well as by PowerShell.