Command Prompt / Console / Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)

Greetings from the Windows Command-Line Teams, including the Windows Console and Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) teams!

We’re hear to learn about the features you’d like to see in the Windows Console (the terminal app itself), Cmd and PowerShell shells, and the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) upon which several Linux distros now run!

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  1. Windows Console should support tabbed 'pages'

    Great to see some of these improvements, especially the cut/copy/paste keyboard shortcuts. However, I've been seeking for a way for the cmd window to have a tabbed interface for a while. So, for example, I can run a ping/tracert etc. in one tab, a chkdsk in another tab, and something else in a third, without having multiple windows open taking up screen real estate.

    Also consider adding panes side-by-side within the console.

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  2. Enable Console to use Fallback Fonts to display emoji and more Unicode codepoints

    It'd be nice if Console could support font fallback to enable it to display emoji, east-Asian glyphs, and Unicode symbols.

    Consolas doesn't have very broad Unicode coverage, and most *nix terminals have the capability.

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  3. UTF-8

    I really really want utf-8, I do not use any legacy console apps from 80-s, so please please please make it happens :)

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  4. Enhance Background Transparency

    Transparency is an essential visual enhancement for many and should generally only apply to the window contents and not the surrounding "chrome" of the window, such as the title bar and scroll bar.

    Optionally, the Console "frame" could be made transparent when focused/un-focused, controlled via separate transparency slider

    Also, it'd be awesome if the Console background could support the Fluent blurring effect to reduce the distraction of the contents of underlying windows while giving some visual cue as to what the app underneath is doing.

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