You can now download Microsoft's new command line shell and scripting language. If you don't run an English Windows version, make sure that you also get the Multilingual User Interface Package. It is interesting to note that there is not yet a version for Windows Vista. You can download Windows Powershell 1.0 RC2, but it is only for Vista RC1. There seems to be a big interest in Powershell, judging from the number of comments in the relatively new Powershell blog. However, I think, most Windows administrators will need some time to make friends with the idea of going back to the command line, like in the good old times of MS DOS. Okay, Powershell is a bit more powerful.

  1. Scott Ottaway [MSFT] 16 years ago

    The PowerShell team and Microsoft feel really bad that we don’t have an RTM version of Windows PowerShell for Vista RTM. Because Vista RTM was not gold until Nov 8th, the team could not commence final PowerShell testing on Vista could not start until then. Essentially, the installation technology for Vista is different from the install tech for XP and Windows Server 2003. So, to make sure we have it right, we needed to take the time to ensure that PowerShell on Vista RTM has the same quality as our PowerShell RTM for Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP. So its not an organizational issue but a new technology issue and many products being launched simultaneously.

    The good news is that we will deliver an RTM version by January 31st, 2007, at the latest, but we may be able to deliver it sooner if all goes well.

    In the meantime, we do have a PowerShell RC2 package for install on Vista Build 5600 and

  2. Scott, thanks for the info. We all know that even Microsoft’s resources are limited. I just wonder why PowerShell wasn’t released first for Vista and then for XP.

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