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Microsoft Responds to Fake News, Stands Behind the CMD Shell

Rich Turner with Microsoft has taken to the company’s blogs to set the record straight about the CMD shell in future versions of Windows. According to Rich, he and others had taken offense to articles from ComputerWorld and others suggesting that the CMD prompt/window/shell was going away and its demise was coming soon and it was now time to respond.

Rich says…

The Cmd shell remains an essential part of Windows, and is used daily by millions of businesses, developers, and IT Pro’s around the world. In fact:

  • Much of the automated system that builds and tests Windows itself is a collection of many Cmd scripts that have been
    created over many years, without which we couldn’t build Windows itself!
  • Cmd is one of the most frequently run executables on Windows with a similar number of daily launches as File Explorer,
    Edge and Internet Explorer!
  • Many of our customers and partners are totally dependent on Cmd, and all it’s quirks, for their companies” existence!

In short: Cmd is an absolutely vital feature of Windows and, until there’s almost nobody running Cmd scripts or tools, Cmd will remain within Windows.

Rich also goes further and deeper on the matter.  Read the full rant: Rumors of Cmd’s death have been greatly exaggerated


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