Microsoft has made the second release candidate for Windows PowerShell available for download from its Web site. PowerShell is a command-line shell and scripting language that gives IT pros better control of system administration. It brings a new scripting language and consistent syntax and utilities that accelerate automation. RC2 includes direct ADSI support to allow easier administration of Active Directory; improved support for Windows Management Instrumentation; additional logical operators that make it easier to write sophisticated scripts; as well as improved help content and help functionality, including new views. Windows PowerShell 1.0 will be released sometime in the fourth quarter of 2006 and will be leveraged by Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and System Center Operations Manager 2007.