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PowerShell 7.1.0 RC 2 is available for download

PowerShell 7.1, the upcoming version of the cross-platform scripting solution available on Windows, MacOS, and Linux, is getting closer to its release. Today, its Release Candidate 2 has become available for download.

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The preview release of PowerShell 7.1 includes .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.

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Starting with Preview 6, PowerShell 7.1 Preview is available in Microsoft Store.

What's new in PowerShell 7.1 RC 2

Engine Updates and Fixes

  • Rename Get-Subsystem to Get-PSSubsystem and fix two related minor issues (#13765)
  • Add missing PSToken token table entries to fix the PSParser API (#13779)
  • Add additional PowerShell modules to the tracked modules list (#12183)
  • Fix blocking wait when starting file associated with a Windows application (#13750)
  • Revert PSNativePSPathResolution to being an experimental feature (#13734)

General Cmdlet Updates and Fixes

  • Emit warning if ConvertTo-Json exceeds -Depth value (#13692)

Build and Packaging Improvements

  • Change Linux package script call to publish to the production repository in release builds (#13714)
  • Update PSReadLine version to 2.1.0-rc1 (#13777)
  • Move PowerShell build to dotnet 5.0-RC.2 (#13780)
  • Bump Microsoft.PowerShell.Native to 7.1.0-rc.2 (#13794)

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.

There are also 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

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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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