Download the Official Windows PowerShell 1.0 Release!

A few minutes ago, Bob Muglia and Jeffrey Snover at IT Forum announced something at we've long been waiting for – the official Release to Web (RTW) of Windows PowerShell v1.0!

In late December of 2002, PowerShell entered the public eye when a Slashdot reader stumbled upon a job posting for "Microsoft's Next Generation Shell". About a year later, we officially announced the project (code-named "Monad") at the 2003 Microsoft Professional Developer's Conference. Things started to really pick up steam when we released our first really public preview in September of 2004 – a fact not missed by the ever vigilant Slashdot.
Since then, we've shipped incremental previews frequently, gaining enormous benefit from all of you – a passionate and active community of devoted beta enthusiasts:

"Monad" Beta 1 - 06/17/2005
"Monad" Beta 2 - 09/13/2005
"Monad" Beta 3 - 01/10/2006
"Monad" Beta 3.1 - 03/09/2006
Windows PowerShell RC1 - 04/25/2006
Windows PowerShell RC2 - 09/27/2006
Windows PowerShell RTW – 11/14/2006

Each release added features, fixed bugs, and incorporated heaps of changes initiated by feedback from the community.

This has been a long and adventurous journey – something that's truly been worth relishing. Whether you are an old or new participant in the PowerShell community, you should feel proud of your contributions – and for a job well done.

You can find pointers to the official release at http://www.microsoft.com/powershell -- so go install it, and enjoy the revolution!

6 Responses to “Download the Official Windows PowerShell 1.0 Release!”

  1. Dustin writes:

    The links at the microsoft site are to powershell 1.0 RC2…

  2. Lee writes:

    Thanks, Dustin.

    I’ve updated the post to include the direct download links.

  3. Chris Sutton writes:

    Windows PowerShell RTW – 10/14/2006, you mean 11/14/2006?

  4. Dustin writes:

    What about packages for Vista?

  5. Lee writes:

    Chris: Thanks, you’re right! At least I didn’t get it wrong in the image 🙂
    Dustin: We’re working on it — keep your eyes on http://blogs.msdn.com/PowerShell for status.

  6. Rad writes:

    Awesome!!! Finally the errant (yet gifted) child sees the light of day!

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