Terminal replaces PowerShell, updates Windows Subsystem for Linux

Windows 11 also includes a somewhat improved way of interacting with apps: voice dictation, http://hookupdate.net/pl/oasisdating-recenzja which has been present in Windows for years but has now steadily improved. Tapping Win+H opens the dictation microphone, which in Windows 11 includes an additional option for injecting AI-determined punctuation. No dictation app is perfect, though Otter.Ai and Google’s Live Transcribe work best for me. Windows’ transcription accuracy is within shouting distance of the other two, however, and I have to expect the more I use it the better it will become.

Finally, Microsoft deserves a quick shoutout for the Your Phone app. If you don’t like what Microsoft is doing with the its Teams Chat app on the Windows 11 desktop, you should know that you can connect your Android phone to your PC and interact with it via Your Phone to place calls and send texts. Here, Your Phone allows you to remotely interact with your phone’s desktop-even pin multiple Android apps from phone to your Windows 11 PC’s taskbar and Start menu! That is very, very cool…and a nice stopgap until you can run Android apps inside of Windows 11, a much-touted feature that wasn’t ready in time for launch.

Windows has three (!) command-line utilities: Command Prompt, PowerShell, and Terminal. You can think about each one as sort of a superset of the others, with Terminal, debuting in 2019, being the most powerful. All three are present in Windows 11, though you really don’t need to open any of the three beyond Terminal. Terminal, in fact, allows you to create additional tabs in which you can open Command Prompt, PowerShell, or more. (You may find yourself wondering why Windows 11’s File Explorer can’t do this.)

Why use a command prompt of any sort? For one thing, there are still commands that can make your life easier. But perhaps more importantly, it’s an easy way of exploring a simplified version of the Linux operating system via the Windows Subsystem for Linux that was introduced early in Windows 10’s development. Microsoft has now moved on to Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL2), which introduced GPU compute last year as well as support for GUI apps in May. There’s even a simplified command that Microsoft has added to WSL2:

That will take care of much of the nerdy setup in just a single line of code. For more, here’s our tutorial on how to add Linux apps to Windows, either Windows 10 or Windows 11.

To be fair, WSL2 is largely a curiosity, since you’ll probably find most Linux apps have a Windows counterpart. Still, if you’ve ever wanted to play around in Linux or see what Linux apps look like, WSL2 in Windows is still a neat way to do it.

Under the hood: DirectStorage, Dynamic Refresh, AutoHDR, performance increases

In addition to what you can see and interact with in Windows 11, there are also improvements and conveniences Microsoft made under the hood. Some of these could eventually sell Windows 11 all by themselves.

The only odd aspect to this relationship is that Samsung phones (as well as the Surface Duo) benefit from a beefed-up Your Phone experience

Microsoft told users of three ways that performance will improve under Windows 11: foreground prioritization, sleeping tabs within Edge, and quicker resumption from sleep.

Performance can be measured in several ways. In terms of actually running apps, our early performance benchmarks of Windows 11 indicated that there was not an enormous difference from Windows 10, within expectations. Those observations were in line with what we saw as development continued. Anecdotally, however, Windows 11 feels less responsive, slower, and heavier than Windows 10-there’s some lag during app startup, and there have been cases in which Edge pages took a second or two to load when paging forward and back. Some apps just loaded more slowly than we expected, compared to Windows 10.


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