On the first day of its Build 2019 Developers Conference in Seattle, Washington, software giant Microsoft announced that it wants to make changes to its products, including Windows, Cortana, Office and Azure. It is interesting to note that it is planning to bring updates to its popular PC operating system Windows 10. Here’s a quick rundown of what will change:
According to Microsoft, the Fluid Framework is an evolving technology for creating a new class of interactive experiences shared on the web. It has three key features: simultaneous multi-user co-authorship of documents on the web, a structured document model that allows authors to use content in collaborative building blocks across applications and create new types of documents and space for the intelligent. Agents to work alongside people to do things like translate text, bring content, suggest edits, check compliance, and so on.
An animated display shared in a Microsoft blog post shows a user typing text into a document in English. But the same text is displayed on other collaborators’ screens in other languages (such as French and Spanish) and when it is typed. Properly covered, it will withstand a great deal of adverse conditions for the final product of Microsoft.
Advanced Windows Terminal
According to Microsoft, the new Windows Terminal is “new, modern, fast, efficient, powerful and productive”. Something that is a part of the operating system from its first version, Windows Terminal will soon be distributed through the Microsoft Store with regular updates. Advanced Windows Terminal comes with multiple tab support like most modern browsers. It uses a GPU Accelerated DirectWrite / DirectX-based text rendering engine, capable of displaying text characters, symbols in fonts, CJK idiograms, icons and even emojis.
“You will now be able to open any number of tabs, each connected to a command-line shell or app of your choice, such as Command Prompt, PowerShell, WSL to Ubuntu, a Raspberry Pi via SSH, etc.” Program Manager Kayla Cinnamon wrote about this in a blog post. Microsoft has also decided to make Windows Terminal and Windows Console open source, leaving its code free for building, testing and cloning on GitHub.
Complete Linux kernel
For the first time, Windows 10 will ship with a full Linux kernel. Microsoft will “include an in-house custom-built Linux kernel to underpin the new version of the Windows subsystem (WSL) for Linux.” The Microsoft kernel will interface with a user location selected by the user and can be installed via the Microsoft Store or sideload. According to Microsoft, the WSL kernel will be built using Microsoft’s own uninterrupted integration and uninterrupted distribution system and will be updated via Windows Update. It will be available in Windows Insider builds soon
The kernel itself will be primarily based on version 4.19, the latest long-term stable release of Linux. “This is the culmination of years of effort by Linux Systems Group as well as several other teams across Microsoft,” Hammans wrote.