Windows "Monad" Shell Beta 2 (for .NET Framework 2.0 Beta 2) x86
Windows "Monad" Shell is a new interactive command-line and task-based scripting technology in Windows that enables administrators to more efficiently and securely automate and control system management tasks on both desktops and servers. "Monad" Shell provides powerful task-based control (via built-in command line tools and utilities) and a powerful scripting language that enables comprehensive scripted control of the Windows operating system and applications. The key features of Monad include
Simplified command-based navigation of the operating system (including drives, startup files, and registry).
Command extensibility that allows administrators to quickly write scripts, customize commands, and author their own shell tools.
Powerful object manipulation capabilities (objects can be directly manipulated or pipelined to other tools or databases).
Direct control of system data (without the need to perform error-prone text parsing and object lookup).
Powerful aliasing and output formatting capabilities.
Support for existing scripts and command line tools.
Supported Operating Systems: Longhorn (Windows Code Name) ; Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1; Windows XP Embedded Service Pack 2
Requires the .NET Framework Version 2.0 Redistributable Package Beta 2 (x86) (see Related Downloads below).
Windows "Monad" Shell Beta 2 (for .NET Framework 2.0 Beta 2) x64
Channel 9 MSDN Video Interview - Jeffrey Snover
Jeffrey Snover, architect on the Monad team, demonstrates and discusses Monad.