Will Windows Terminal Replace Command Prompt?
Published Sep 22 2023 02:58 AM 3,690 Views

The Windows operating system has evolved significantly since its inception, and with each iteration, new features and tools have been introduced to improve user productivity and experience. For decades, Command Prompt has been a steadfast companion for users of Microsoft Windows. However, with the advent of Windows Terminal and Microsoft's push toward modernization, questions about the fate of Command Prompt have risen.


In recent years, it has become a very useful tool especially to AI entrepreneurs. AI entrepreneurs and developers in the rapidly growing field of artificial intelligence and machine learning rely on command-line tools and scripting languages to build, train, and deploy their AI models.


About Command Prompt

Command Prompt is a command-line interpreter developed by Microsoft. It was released with Windows 95 and 98 and later with Windows NT. This tool is used primarily for running basic system commands and interacting with the native file system. One of the primary reasons for Command Prompt's enduring popularity is its simplicity and familiarity. Many users have grown accustomed to its syntax and command structure, making it a comfortable tool for quick and straightforward tasks.


Despite Windows Terminal's advancements, the Command Prompt still holds a special place in the hearts of many Windows users. Command Prompt, based on the old CMD.exe, is often associated with batch scripting and system administration tasks. For AI entrepreneurs, the Command Prompt may not be their primary tool, but it remains an essential component of the Windows ecosystem. Legacy scripts and automation processes that rely on Command Prompt still play a role in various AI workflows.


About Windows Terminal

Windows Terminal is an open-source terminal emulator that provides a modern and feature-rich interface for command-line enthusiasts. First released in 2019, it enables you host multiple command-line applications, including Command Prompt, PowerShell, and the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) and work on different projects at the same time.


For startups and AI entrepreneurs for example, Windows Terminal's versatility becomes a valuable asset. They can easily switch between different environments to run Python scripts, execute commands within WSL for Linux-based AI tools, and utilize PowerShell for Windows-specific tasks. This unified interface simplifies the workflow, making it more efficient and productive.


Will Windows Terminal Replace Command Prompt?

It's important to note that Windows Terminal is not a replacement for Command Prompt or PowerShell. In this episode of Open at Microsoft, we speak with Christopher Nguyen, a Program Manager on the Windows Terminal team at Microsoft. He first clarifies the differences between terminal and shell and then goes on to tell us if Windows Terminal will replace Command Prompt.

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In the world of AI entrepreneurship, adapting to change is a constant requirement. While the fate of Command Prompt remains uncertain, the rise of modern command-line tools like PowerShell and Windows Terminal offers undeniable advantages for AI entrepreneurs. These tools empower AI developers to work more efficiently, automate tasks, and collaborate effectively, ultimately driving innovation in the field of artificial intelligence.


As AI entrepreneurs, it's essential to stay agile and embrace the tools that best suit the evolving demands of your industry. Whether Windows Terminal eventually replaces Command Prompt or not, the future of AI development on Windows is undoubtedly moving toward modernization and increased productivity.


The key takeaway is that Windows Terminal and PowerShell are not replacements for Command Prompt but rather complementary tools that expand the capabilities of the Windows command-line environment. Users have the freedom to choose the tool that aligns with their requirements and preferences, ensuring that the Windows command-line remains a versatile and adaptable platform for years to come.


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