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Windows 11: Microsoft pushes the Command Line and Control Panel out the door
Update after update, Windows 11 is gradually moving away from its illustrious predecessor to find its own way.
Just over two months after its official presentation last June, Microsoft released Windows 11 on October 5, 2021. In the memory of a Windows user, this was the shortest period of time between the official announcement of a new version of the operating system and its actual availability. Many observers criticized Microsoft's lack of ambition at the time, accusing it of mainly carrying out a small graphical overhaul without much ambition.
Since this release, however, things are moving and Microsoft is taking advantage of very regular updates to perfect its vision. If it was indeed very close to its illustrious counterpart at the time of its release, Windows 11 now imposes a significantly different style that we can still see evolving in the latest test versions and, in particular, this build 22509 that Microsoft is still reserving for members of the Windows Insider program, but which pushes towards the exit two emblematic elements of Windows 10 and the previous versions.
Thus, it is more than likely that the Command Line as such will disappear very soon. Logically, and for years, it has been the application of choice for entering command lines. In 2019, however, Microsoft has introduced Windows Terminal, which is more modern, more complete and more powerful. For example, the software allows tabbed browsing, thus avoiding the need to launch multiple sessions. Today, Microsoft seems determined to make it the default program as Kayla Cinnamon, project manager at Microsoft, explains: " During 2022, we plan to make Windows Terminal the default experience on Windows 11 devices. We will start with the Windows Insider program and progress successively until we reach everyone on Windows 11.
On the other hand, Microsoft also has in mind to part ways with the Control Panel for good. Little by little, it has been moving more and more tools and options from the aging Control Panel to the Settings module, and features like network settings, folder sharing options or network search have been moved to Settings. The stated goal is to get rid of the Control Panel completely, which is still used for compatibility purposes, but even the application uninstall module has been migrated. The same is now true for the Windows Update module and although Microsoft has not yet given a precise date for the final disappearance of the Control Panel, its days are undoubtedly numbered.