PowerShell dashboard

The PowerShell dashboard shows some interesting data:


Linux is by far the dominant platform for PowerShell v6 usage – about 4 times as much usage on Linux as Windows for December 2018!  Does this mean that PowerShell is destined to become a Linux orientated tool?  It has been stated by the PowerShell team that usage patterns will drive development so Windows users need to step up if they want input into future PowerShell

PowerShell 6.1 is taking over from 6.0 but a significant number of users are still using 6.0 and 6.1 previews – Why?

Very little V6.2 preview usage is recorded

Windows 10 is the dominant Windows version for PowerShell v6

North America accounts for just over half the v6 usage. UK is next at 4.91%.  Time for the rest of the world to contribute?

PowerShell is now open source and as such will be driven by “the community” in other words those how get involved and push their needs and/or pet views of where PowerShell will go. Is that a good thing?

The idea behind Windows PowerShell was for it to become the de facto scripting language and automation engine on Windows. It succeeded. What is the long term PowerShell v6 goal? Is to become the de facto cross-platform scripting language and automation engine? if so there needs to be a ton of functionality appear so that Linux can be managed at the same level as Windows.

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2 Responses to PowerShell dashboard

  1. pfmoore says:

    What’s the incentive to upgrade on Windows from 5.1 to 6.x? My understanding is that not all functionality is present in the open source version (specifically, WIM and COM). It’s not functionality that I use, personally, but I don’t see much reason to “upgrade” while the new version is still working to reach feature parity. Also, and this is not as trivial as it seems, the command name changes from “powershell” to the incredibly ugly “pwsh” – which will wreak havoc with many scripts and people’s muscle memory. So there’s a real cost, and zzero benefit, to the “upgrade”, at least as far as I can see. That, at least, is why I haven’t upgraded yet.

    So I think that all this data shows is that Powershell 6.x is growing in popularity on Linux, but it’s not yet an attractive alternative to 5.x for Windows users. I certainly hope that the message Microsoft take from the figures is that they’ve got some way to go yet to persuade Windows users that the new Powershell is an actual improvement, and not to further abandon Windows Powershell users!

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