Microsoft releases new open source Cascadia Code font

Developers at Microsoft have come up with a new open-source font called Cascadia Code. The code is available publicly on GitHub repository, and it promises to offer a fresh experience for command-line experiences and code editors. Cascadia Code was announced sometime earlier in May at Microsoft’s Build event. After that, it passed through different stages of development before being released publicly.

Cascadia Code font

Cascadia Code is a new Open-Source Font for Programmers

In addition to other specialties, Cascadian Code supports programming ligatures that finds utility in writing code, as they create new glyphs by combining characters. This helps make code more readable and user-friendly for some people.

We have learned that the latest monospaced font was developed hand-in-hand with the new Windows Terminal application.

The name Cascadia Code originated from the Windows Terminal project. Before it was released, the codename for Windows Terminal was Cascadia. In fact, some of the source files within the Terminal still use this name! As an homage to the Terminal, we liked the idea of naming the font after its codename, mentioned Kayla Cinnamon, Program Manager, Windows Terminal, Console, & Command-Line in a blog post.

The program manager had created a Twitter poll to seek help from people in deciding the name for new code. There were four options given.

  • Cascadia Code
  • Cedar Code
  • Emerald Code
  • Seattle Code

Cascadia Code emerged as the preferred choice with a poll percentage of 33%.

Currently, there’s no proper testing framework built into the repository. Interested individuals can submit their requests to manually test and validate the code. Approval of requests may take time. Microsoft, therefore, requests people to bear with the delay. Please note that this font is most recommended to be used with terminal applications and text editors such as Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code.

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