PowerShell 7.1.0 Preview 5 is out

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The PowerShell team has introduced a new preview version of PowerShell.  Here is what to expect in the upcoming PowerShell 7.1 platform, and what has already changed in Preview 5.

The preview release of PowerShell 7.1 is notable for including  .NET 5 preview 1.

Starting with PowerShell 7.0, devs have shifted to align with .NET’s release and support life-cycle more closely. PowerShell 7.1 is expected to become available within a week or two of .NET 5’s release date of winter 2020 and align with their annual release cadence going forward.

What's new in PowerShell 7.1 Preview 5

Engine Updates and Fixes

Ensure assemblies listed in the module manifest FileList field are not loaded (#12968)

Code Cleanup


Add missing .editorconfig settings present in dotnet/runtime (#12871) (Thanks @xtqqczze!)


Add new test for Format-Custom to avoid data loss (#11393) (Thanks @iSazonov!)

Build and Packaging Improvements

Fixed upgrade code in MSI package.

What to expect in PowerShell 7.1

  • PowerShellGet 3.0
  • Secret Management Module, an extensible abstraction layer in PowerShell for interacting with Secrets and Secrets Vaults, will get Linux support.
  • PSScriptAnalyzer 2.0 for better user experience with VSCode-PowerShell and PSEditorServices.
  • Improvements made to PowerShell Jupyter Kernel
  • Improvements made to platyPS vNext, a PowerShell module that devs currently use to convert PowerShell documentation from markdown to updatable-help.

The official announcement also mentions a number of areas where it is possible to make more improvements and changes, including Installation and Updating, Shell Improvements, Interactive User Experience.

Finally, PowerShell may get a minimal setup, that only includes the parts of PowerShell needed for your scripts. Not only would it take less disk space, but more importantly, a minimal set of code means less patching and security attack surface.

You can download it here:

Download PowerShell 7.1 Preview 5

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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