With all of the buzz in the air about Windows 8 and the new features available, I'd like to point out of one of the new features that hasn't gotten much attention.  The PowerShell v3 Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE) Add-Ons menu now has a direct link to the TechNet Wiki page for Windows PowerShell ISE Add-On Tools:

Thanks to the dedicated Wiki contributors and PowerShell enthusiasts listed below that worked together to create this page:

 

Why is a link like that important to me?  Microsoft has been evangelizing the usage of PowerShell for quite some time now and one thing that helps adoption is the ability to make something your own.  The ability to create your own add-ons or download them from others allows for many options.  You can start out with a simple add-on that prints your script and end up building a full-fledged corporate script repository that can easily be added to every computer in your organization.

 

Why is a link like that important to Microsoft? If you've been in the Information Technology world even for little while, you have probably heard the phrase 'Eating your own dog food.'  In this case, Microsoft utilized their own technology to create an ISE add-on that links to a community-created Wiki page, which is hosted on their TechNet platform so that others could learn about creating an add-on similar to the one that they used to access the Wiki in the first place.  Oh yeah, they also just introduced a whole new audience of PowerShell users to the TechNet Wiki.  What's better than eating your own dogfood?  Making it with the community and eating it together.

 

What products do you think would benefit from linking to a community-built TechNet Wiki article?  Leave a comment and let us know!

 

-Rich Prescott

 
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