A few days ago, Microsoft announced that Windows 8 ( on August 1st according to Wikipedia). A key component of Windows 8 was the final release of Windows PowerShell version 3. Unfortunately, you (and i) can’t quite get it yet!
PowerShell V3 is going to come out in two ways:
- In the box – when you get the RTM version of Windows 8 and Server 2012, you’ll get V3. Although you can run version 2 side by side, this does not work on initial installation – you need to install .NET v2.
- Down-level Operating Systems – an updated version of the Windows Management Framework will ship sometime soon that contains all the necessary bits you need to run PowerShell v3 for down-level OSs. My understanding is that this will ONLY be supported on Server 2008, Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 (i.e. no Vista).
Starting in a couple of days, customers will be able to download Windows 8 and Server 2012 and will have v3 in the box. The WMF update for down-level OSs will come some time after that.
Once the release is in my hands, I’ll be able to blog about all the cool features that are in v3!