At Build 2020 developer conference, Microsoft tantalized
developers and consumers with a wide range of announcements for
Windows 10, Microsoft Edge, Linux, and more. Here are some of
our favourite features announced for Windows 10 operating
system so far.
UWP and Win32 apps development
Universal Windows Platform (UWP) and Win32 APIs currently live
separately on Windows 10. During Build 2020 dev conference, the
company announced Project Reunion to merge both these APIs
under one umbrella.
Microsoft is also decoupling Win32 and UWP APIs from the
operating system and Microsoft will make sure that these new
apps or upgraded apps will work across supported versions of
Microsoft says that users will have access to all features of
Windows 10 even on older and supported versions of the OS.
Windows Terminal 1.0
Microsoft has officially released the first major version of
Windows Terminal for Windows 10 after beta testing the features
with users in 2019.
Windows Terminal is a terminal application for those who use
Command Prompt, PowerShell and Windows Subsystem for Linux. The
command-line tool ‘Windows Terminal’ allows users to open tabs
to access Command Prompt, PowerShell, Debian, and more.
Windows Terminal has evolved a lot since its first preview
release in June 2019 and it has received massive improvements
during this whole time.
Windows Terminal 1.0 is now getting support for GPU accelerated
rendering, which allows you to get everything done faster.
The update also adds support for Microsoft’s own Cascadia Code
font. The new fixes to tabs and panes UI should improve the
overall experience if you use multiple windows of Command
Prompt, PowerShell, and other command line applications.
Additionally, you can now allow Terminal to automatically
create profiles for you when you have multiple command line
apps running. Each of the profiles will be uniquely customized
for a seamless workflow.
You can download Windows Terminal from the Microsoft
Windows Package Manager
Windows Package Manager is a new tool that will make it
easier for you to install apps on your devices.
Windows Package Manager is pretty straightforward and it can
automatically search, download and install the latest version
of desktop apps without manual interaction from you.
Once you install Windows Package Manager, you need to enter
“winget install” command in Command Prompt or PowerShell. For
example, if you enter “winget install ShareX.ShareX”, Windows
will install the ShareX app if it has already been added to the
You can also use “search” to search for available packages on
the repository. The package manager will come handy to both
consumers and IT pros who want to install apps without going
through the manual installation process.
The Package Manager can be downloaded from Github.
New Search tool
During a Build 2020 session,
Microsoft also announced a macOS Spotlight-like PowerToys Run
Microsoft’s PowerToys Search tool is somewhat similar to macOS
Spotlight and it allows you to quickly search for apps and
files on Windows 10.
It’s worth noting that the performance is actually faster than
Windows Search and the search tool also comes with a built-in
In addition to apps, files and folders, you can also search
through running processes in PowerToys Run Launcher.
Microsoft has finally launched its own free Keyboard Remapper
for Windows 10. If your hardware keys are broken, you can use
Keyboard Remapper and switch individual keys.
PowerToys Keyboard Remapper also allows you to customize
keyboard shortcuts on Windows 10. This can be useful if you
need to create your own shortcuts and replace existing
PowerToys update can be downloaded from Github.
Linux GUI apps
Microsoft is also updating Windows Subsystem for Linux to allow
Linux GUI apps to run just side by side with Windows apps.
Additionally, Microsoft is working on GPU support for WSL 2 to
improve its performance for machine learning and artificial
intelligence development, which requires hardware acceleration.