Microsoft adds 24-bit color support to the Windows Console

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Listening to the feedback from developers to increase the number of colors that the Windows Console can support, Microsoft has now added support for 24-bit colors. With the latest Windows 10 Insider Build 14931 released yesterday, they have updated the Windows Console to support full, glorious 24-bit RGB true color.

This is actually a little tricky to demo since most Windows apps only support 16 colors at most whereas the Linux world has broadly supported 256 color terminals for a while now, and 24-bit color is becoming more established. Thanks to our ability to run Linux apps and scripts using our new Bash on Ubuntu on Windows environment atop the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), we can use some Linux scripts and tools to demonstrate the Console’s new 24-bit color support.

They also mentioned that they have not yet started work on improving the console properties page to support the Windows Console’s 24-bit color rendering capabilities. They will make these improvements in the future build.

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