Powershell 3.0 is here ! – Windows Management Framework 3.0 – RC

Couple of days back Microsoft released Windows Management Framework 3.0 Release Candidate which includes Power shell 3.0.

Download files and what’s new can be referred here.

One of the first changes I noticed with this release is feature rich ISE. The new interface looks really nice with commands add-on which will list commands for each and every module.

You can install WMF 3.0 for the below flavors of operating systems –

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 – Both 64bit and 32bit

Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 – Only 64bit

Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 – Both 64bit and 32bit

I am running a Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 box and the setup upgraded my existing power shell 2.0 environment to 3.0.

You can find Commands add-on view available on the right hand side of the ISE which is pretty useful.

IntelliSense is also turned ON for ISE, and it’s one of the best features I would always love to have as I am still learning power shell basics.

There is some customization available for the ISE under Tools section. The below screen shows customization for the scripting pane.

The Add-On tab in ISE will directly take you to the Microsoft tech net site which will provide the add-on files for the ISE.


Power shell 3.0 comes up with a real strong ISE which is really helpful for power shell beginners (Like me) and during the coming days I will leverage more and more options with in Power shell 3.0.

Happy scripting.

Thanks for reading.


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