As you may have heard, the Office 365 beta has started and it includes Microsoft Exchange Online, which is powered by Exchange Server 2010 SP1, and it can be fully managed via PowerShell v2 remoting. So, if you’re in the Office 365 beta, you can use the steps below to connect to Exchange Online with remote PowerShell from any machine with an internet connection. You just need PowerShell v2, which is installed by default on Windows 7 and 2008 R2. It can be downloaded and installed on down-level operating systems through Windows Update, or from here.
Igor Moochnick announced the first release of PASH, an open source implementation of PowerShell. (I tripled check the date on his blog to make sure it really said April 6th and not April 1st. 🙂 ). This is really exciting stuff. This is one of the most requested items from IT shops that run heterogeneous environments. They love PowerShell and want ALL their IT Pros to adopt it. I haven’t tried it yet so I don’t know what it does/does not implement but I’m pretty excited about it. I can’t wait to give it a try.
The Windows Azure PowerShell Cmdlets 2.2.2 enable you to browse, configure, and manage Windows Azure Compute and Storage services directly from PowerShell. These tools can be helpful when developing and testing applications that use Windows Azure Services. For instance, using these tools you can easily script the deployment and upgrade of Windows Azure applications, change the configuration for a role, and set and manage your diagnostic configuration and diagnostic data.
Today, Microsoft is launching the first startup accelerator* in the company’s history in an effort to encourage more entrepreneurs to build their cloud-based applications using Windows Azure. The program will take place at the Microsoft Israel Research and Development Center, and is a part of the Israel R&D Center’s outreach program Think Next as well as the Microsoft BizSpark program for startups.