Windows Terminal 2.0 Roadmap released by Microsoft

    Windows Terminal 2.0 Roadmap released by Microsoft

    Windows Terminal 2.0 Roadmap released by Microsoft

    Posted: 11 Jun 2020


    This document outlines the roadmap towards delivering Windows Terminal 2.0 by Spring 2021.


    The Windows Terminal project is engineered and delivered as a set of 4-week milestones. New features will go into Windows Terminal Preview first, then a month after they been in Preview, those features will move into Windows Terminal.

    Duration Activity Releases
    2 weeks Dev Work

    • Fixes / Features for future Windows Releases
    • Fixes / Features for Windows Terminal
    Release to Internal Selfhosters at end of week 2
    1 week Quality & Stability

    • Bug Fixes
    • Perf & Stability
    • UI Polish
    • Tests
    • etc.
    Push to Microsoft Store at end of week 3
    1 week Release

    • Available from Microsoft Store & GitHub Releases
    • Release Notes & Announcement Blog published
    • Engineering System Maintenance
    • Community Engagement
    • Docs
    • Future Milestone Planning
    Release available from Microsoft Store & GitHub Releases

    Terminal Roadmap / Timeline

    Below is the schedule for when milestones will be included in release builds of Windows Terminal and Windows Terminal Preview. The dates are rough estimates and are subject to change.

    Milestone End Date Milestone Name Preview Release Blog Post
    2020-06-30 1.1 in Windows Terminal Preview
    2020-07-31 1.2 in Windows Terminal Preview
    1.1 in Windows Terminal
    2020-08-31 1.3 in Windows Terminal Preview
    1.2 in Windows Terminal
    2020-09-30 1.4 in Windows Terminal Preview
    1.3 in Windows Terminal
    2020-10-31 1.5 in Windows Terminal Preview
    1.4 in Windows Terminal
    2020-11-30 1.6 in Windows Terminal Preview
    1.5 in Windows Terminal
    2020-12-31 1.7 in Windows Terminal Preview
    1.6 in Windows Terminal
    2021-01-31 1.8 in Windows Terminal Preview
    1.7 in Windows Terminal
    2021-02-28 1.9 in Windows Terminal Preview
    1.8 in Windows Terminal
    2021-03-31 1.10 in Windows Terminal Preview
    1.9 in Windows Terminal
    2021-04-30 2.0 RC in Windows Terminal Preview
    2.0 RC in Windows Terminal
    2021-05-31 2.0 in Windows Terminal Preview
    2.0 in Windows Terminal

    Issue Triage & Prioritization

    Incoming issues/asks/etc. are triaged several times a week, labeled appropriately, and assigned to a milestone in priority order:

    • P0 (serious crashes, data loss, etc.) issues are scheduled to be dealt with ASAP
    • P1/2 issues/features/asks assigned to the current or future milestone, or to the Terminal 2.0 milestone for future assignment, if required to deliver a 2.0 feature
    • Issues/features/asks not on our list of 2.0 features are assigned to the Terminal Backlog for subsequent triage, prioritization & scheduling.

    2.0 Scenarios

    The following are a list of the key scenarios we're aiming to deliver for Terminal 2.0.

    👉 Note: There are many other features that don't fit within 2.0, but will be re-assessed and prioritized for 3.0, the plan for which will be published in 2021.

    Priority* Scenario Description/Notes
    0 Settings UI A user interface that connects to settings.json. This provides a way for people to edit their settings without having to edit a JSON file.

    Issue: #1564
    0 Command palette A popup menu to list possible actions and commands.

    Issues: #5400, #2046
    Spec: #2193
    1 Tab tear-off The ability to tear a tab out of the current window and spawn a new window or attach it to a separate window.

    Issue: #1256
    Spec: #2080
    1 Clickable links Hyperlinking any links that appear in the text buffer. When clicking on the link, the link will open in your default browser.

    Issue: #574
    1 Default terminal If a command-line application is spawned, it should open in Windows Terminal (if installed) or your preferred terminal

    Issue: #492
    Spec: #2080
    1 Overall theme support Tab coloring, title bar coloring, pane border coloring, pane border width, definition of what makes a theme

    Issue: #3327
    Spec: #5772
    1 Open tab as admin/other user Open tab in existing Windows Terminal instance as admin (if Terminal was run unelevated) or as another user.

    Issue: #5000
    1 Traditional opacity Have a transparent background without the acrylic blur.

    Issue: #603
    2 SnapOnOutput, scroll lock Pause output or scrolling on click.

    Issue: #980
    Spec: #2529
    Implementation: #6062
    2 Infinite scrollback Have an infinite history for the text buffer.

    Issue: #1410
    2 Pane management All issues listed out in the original issue. Some features include pane resizing with mouse, pane zooming, and opening a pane by prompting which profile to use.

    Issue: #1000
    2 Theme marketplace Marketplace for creation and distribution of themes.
    Dependent on overall theming
    2 Jump list Show profiles from task bar (on right click)/start menu.

    Issue: #576
    2 Open with multiple tabs A setting that allows Windows Terminal to launch with a specific tab configuration (not using only command line arguments).

    Issue: #756
    3 Open in Windows Terminal Functionality to right click on a file or folder and select Open in Windows Terminal.

    Issue: #1060
    Implementation: #6100
    3 Session restoration Launch Windows Terminal and the previous session is restored with the proper tab and pane configuration and starting directories.

    Issues: #961, #960, #766
    3 Quake mode Provide a quick launch terminal that appears and disappears when a hotkey is pressed.

    Issue: #653
    3 Settings migration infrastructure Migrate people's settings without breaking them. Hand-in-hand with settings UI.
    3 Pointer bindings Provide settings that can be bound to the mouse.

    Issue: #1553

    Feature Notes:

    * Feature Priorities:

    1. Mandatory
    2. Optimal
    3. Optional / Stretch-goal

    Brink's Avatar Posted By: Brink
    11 Jun 2020


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