The beta of PowerShell’s next version has been released. PowerShell version 4 will ship as part of the Windows Management Framework components built into Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2. WMF4 will also be made available for some down-level OSs, including Windows 8, Server 2008, Server 2008 R2 and Server 2012.
Interestingly, WMF4/PowerShell V4 will not ship for Windows 8. For reasons I’m not quite clear, Microsoft believe that Windows 8 and 8.1 are interchangeable in all environment (thus anyone running 8 now will very quickly upgrade to 8.1 and anyone planning to roll 8 out now can simply reset their plans for 8.1). I can’t quite work out why they believe it, but I’m sure they have loads of paid volunteers willing to tell them that.
The new WMF had 5 key features:
- Windows PowerShell Version 4
- Windows PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE) Version 4
- Windows PowerShell Web Services (Management OData IIS Extension)
- Windows Remote Management (WinRM) and PS Remoting V2.2
- Windows Management Infrastructure (WMI) (Windows Management Instrumentation appears to have a new name AND some new features).
You can read more details on the PowerShell Team Blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powershell/archive/2013/07/02/windows-management-framework-4-0-preview-now-available.aspx