Windows PowerShell 2.0 Community Technology Preview (CTP)

Windows PowerShell 2.0 CTP introduces several significant features to Windows PowerShell 1.0 that extends its use, improve its usability, and allow you to control and managethe Windows environment more easily and comprehensively.

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PowerShell 1.0 is already a vast improvement compared to Windows' native command shell. I can't wait for 2.0 final to be released! I love PowerShell! I will warmly receive the addition of unicode support.

And about the Word 2007 thing to open the RTF document, Wordpad should work just fine too, assuming you still have it... LOL

Yeah, it's just not the default association as Word 2007 eats that one when installed. ;)

Yes, I especially liked Unicode, and also the remote execution of scripts and very nice debugging/stepping support. It's some really big things in there to make the shell much more "complete".

Mmm, nothing like opening Word 2007 to view a list of release notes. :S

Some of the big news, and even then I'm leaving out some, so this is really warranting the 2.0 tag!

- PowerShell Remoting
Windows PowerShell 2.0 provides support for executing Cmdlets and Scripts remotely. PowerShell Remoting allows managing a collection of remote machines from a single client.

- Background Jobs
Windows PowerShell 2.0 introduces the concept of a background job (PsJob). A PsJob runs a command or expression asynchronously and "in the background" without interacting with the console. The command prompt returns immediately.

- ScriptCmdlets
ScriptCmdlets allow you to write cmdlets in PowerShell script, rather than compiled C# and VB.NET code.

- Data Language
The data language is a subset of the PowerShell language that allows better sharing of scripts. It also allows better separation of data from the rest of the code in your script.

- Script Internationalization
This new feature allows PowerShell script authors to write scripts that can be translated to any language supported by Windows.

- Script Debugging
New debugging features have been added: You can now set breakpoints on lines, columns, functions, variables, and commands. You can also specify actions to run when the breakpoint is hit. Stepping into, over, or out of functions is also supported. You can also get the call stack.

- Graphical PowerShell
This release includes a very early alpha version of the new graphical shell. An interactive shell with syntax coloring and Unicode support.

- Out-GridView
The new Out-GridView cmdlet displays the results of other commands in an interactive table, where you can search, sort, and group the results.