Windows PowerShell 2.0 language specification licensed

Windows PowerShell is an important cornerstone of Windows Server manageability.  Windows Server 2008 R2 shipped with Windows PowerShell 2.0, hundreds of new cmdlets, and became the technology behind tools like Server Manager.

Today Microsoft is announcing that we are licensing the language specification for Windows PowerShell 2.0 under the Microsoft Community Promise.  This means that now anyone can implement PowerShell on any platform.  By sharing the specification with the community we’re expressing our continuing commitment to PowerShell as well as enabling interoperability with PowerShell and helping to ensure the consistency of PowerShell implementations.

You can learn more about the announcement and the specification itself on the Windows PowerShell blog.