Monday, January 6, 2014

Remote Terminal 1.8.0 now available

Starting with this version, updates for Remote Terminal will only be available for Windows 8.1 (and later). My guess is that maintaining a development branch for the Windows 8 build would just mean more work for me with no real benefit for anybody because I think people with no interest in Windows updates also won't be interested in App updates either. So, if you want to make sure you get the newest updates for Remote Terminal (or any other App) but still run Windows 8, I strongly recommend you upgrade to Windows 8.1, it's free and you will like it. Just open the Windows Store App, it should display the Windows 8.1 upgrade at the start page.

With that out of the way, let's take a look at the detailed changes in this update:

Optimized for Windows 8.1
  • Smooth app resizing, like other native Windows 8.1 apps
  • I also increased the supported minimum width from 320 px to 500 px, which is the new default value for Windows 8.1. In my opinion, 320 px width wasn't very useful for a terminal anyway.
  • Some small UI adjustments leveraging new Windows 8.1 UI controls e.g. the Fonts and Colors settings flyout, the password input on the Private Key Agent page, ...
  • The bottom AppBar on the start page of the app now has a compact view when the app size is too narrow to display the full AppBar 
  • Small changes in some of the text styles of UI elements
  • You may also note small improvements in startup time and general performance

Other changes:
  • Enabled Alt+Shift+[letter] key combinations
  • fixed a possible problem where the terminal moves out of the visible area of the screen when using the virtual on-screen keyboard
  • The Private Keys and the Private Key Agent buttons in the AppBar of the start page were moved to the left, the Private Key Agent button also got a new icon to distinguish it from the Private Keys button in the compact view

Thanks for all the feedback and your continued support!


  1. “Increase in general performance” means it got better?

    1. Sorry, that line was a bit confusing. What I meant was better start up time and better general performance. I changed the text, it should be clearer now.