alienfluid writes: "Windows Powershell, a command line shell and scripting language intended to simplify administration of a Windows system was released today. Originally known as "Monad", Windows Powershell is available for download for the x86, x64 and IA64 platforms and can be installed on Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP1 and Windows Server 2003 R2. A RC2 release for Windows Vista and Windows Server codename "Longhorn" is also available for download."
alienfluid writes: "After releasing the RC1 build of Windows Vista to the TechNet and MSDN subscribers a couple of weeks ago, Microsoft today opened up its Customer Preview Program (CPP) once again to the general public. Those who did not have a Beta 2 PID handy to activate the RC1 build, can now get a new PID by registering at the link above. This was announced today on the Windows Vista Blog
Vista RC1 has received mixed reviews, where critics have ranged from calling it a dissapointment to some calling it production quality. But nonetheless, everyone agrees that this build is a great improvement on the lacklustre Beta 2 build that was released in June."
alienfluid writes: "Microsoft opened up downloads of Windows Vista RC1 to the TechNet and MSDN subscribers today. It plans to open it up to the general public in the very near future. Those who had registered for June's Beta 2 CPP will get an email with the download link and can use the PID they already have. Registration for new participants will open up shortly. Neowin is running an article with direct download links to the x86 and x64 iso files."
alienfluid writes: "Platform and Services Co-President Jim Allchine announced today that Windows Vista RC1 is complete and that it will be available to TechBeta/TAP participants immediately. A free download for the public (like Beta 2) will be available early next week as well from the community preview site. From the announcement:
"You'll notice a lot of improvements since Beta 2. We've made some UI adjustments, added more device drivers, and enhanced performance. We're not done yet, however — quality will continue to improve. We'll keep plugging away on application compatibility, as well as fit and finish, until RTM. If you are an ISV, RC1 is the build you should use for certifying your application."