Yesterday’s release of Windows 10 build 21382 came as something of a surprise, but a good one. In terms of new features, there wasn’t much for Microsoft to brag about with this update.
There are improvements to HDR support, improvements to the Start screen, new icons in Explorer, fonts updates, and new options in Device Manager. However, Microsoft used the announcement to alert users that Windows Terminal is already loaded by default.
This release includes security updates for the Windows App Platform and Frameworks, the Windows Kernel, Windows Media, the Microsoft Scripting Engine, and the Windows Silicon Platform.
For more details, consult Microsoft’s Security Update Guide. It also includes security updates for Bluetooth drivers and Windows OLE (compound documents).
You’ll find more refined features in the Beta Channel that will be deployed in the next Windows 10 feature update, which is currently Windows 10 21H1. This channel is best for early adopters, according to Microsoft, and your input in this channel will have the greatest effect.
The Beta Preview Channel isn’t used until just before a new feature update is released; it’s intended for final testing of an upcoming release and is best for those who want the most stable builds.
The Windows Terminal is a cutting-edge terminal application that is fast, efficient, versatile, and profitable. It incorporates a number of command-line tools and shells, including Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux).
Thus, we can provide Command Prompt and Powershell for Windows users, as well as bash for Linux terminal power users, all in one program.
The Windows Terminal’s main features include multiple tabs for different command-line tools, split areas, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU-accelerated text rendering engine, and a simple way to switch between themes and configuration options.
Windows Terminal is an open-source project that will continue to add features with the help of a growing group of contributors.
This update contains several known problems, including one in which system and user certificates can be lost when upgrading a computer from Windows 10 version 1809 or later to a later version of Windows 10. Devices that use Windows Update for Business or bind directly to Windows Update are unaffected.
This build includes some minor changes to enhance the drag-and-drop default cursor configuration in situations such as dragging and falling into Outlook, as well as other minor changes.
There are over two dozen patches, including one for a bug in which the Windows Update icon did not appear in the notification area while an update was awaiting reboot, and another for a bug that could cause apps to hang after the user pressed Alt-Shift.
Microsoft has been working hard on Terminal in recent months, making significant improvements and adding a slew of new features.
The company recently revealed that the application will be included by default in Windows 10 installations, and this new update serves as a reminder to users of that inclusion.
Although this is not a significant change that will affect a large number of people, it is a good addition for someone who uses Windows Terminal. Including it by default ensures that the tool will be usable after a fresh installation, eliminating the need to download it separately.