Microsoft Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell Beta 1 Now Available

PowerShell Team

We are very excited to announce the availability of Microsoft Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell (Script Explorer) Beta 1. Script Explorer is an extension of the Windows PowerShell content and guidance experience, combining the vast amount of knowledge held in the community with resources that are available from Microsoft.

Script Explorer is integrated as an Add-On to Windows PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE).  With Script Explorer, you can:

· Discover information that is related to Windows PowerShell from across the community and Microsoft.

· Search seamlessly across repositories such as the Microsoft TechNet Script Center and to locate samples that are relevant to you.

· Establish, grow, and search local file systems and corporate repositories.

Search across multiple repositories

Script Explorer enables a single search experience across multiple repositories, including local file system, network file share, and the Microsoft Script Center, which allows you to locate script samples, snippets, and modules. You can filter search results, read reviews and comments, and seamlessly integrate script code into Windows PowerShell ISE or other script editors.

Community and Microsoft guidance in one place

Script Explorer combines the rich information from the community and the guidance that is available from Microsoft, which helps you realize more of the benefits of Windows PowerShell. Script Explorer brings together resources such as the Windows PowerShell Survival Guide and how-to guidance.

Build a trusted library of scripts for your company

Script Explorer makes it easy to build a library of scripts for personal use or to establish and grow a corporate library of trusted scripts, modules, and snippets.

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As shown in the illustration, Script Explorer allows you to search for PowerShell scripts on your local computer, your local network and intranet, and online script repositories. You are shown available scripts organized by category, and you can search for scripts from local and trusted community repositories by applying filters based on focus areas.  Script search results return information about script usage, code samples, and details about the scripts.

When you find the scripts you that you need, you can store the scripts locally and use them at a later time or you can insert/copy in the editor.

Script Explorer isn’t just about scripts. It also allows you to find other Windows PowerShell information such as modules, script snippets and even allows you to view how-to guidance topics from Windows PowerShell cmdlets and community resources, such as TechNet Wiki pages, to help you get started using Windows PowerShell.

Free download now!

Get started today with this free download of Microsoft Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell Beta 1.


You can also extend Script Explorer to include your own repository by using the Script Explorer Repository SDK.


For support, visit Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell at the Microsoft Script Center online forums.

Also visit the forum for the latest status on Script Explorer services, to ask questions, and to provide feedback about Script Explorer. If you currently host a public repository, and you would like to make it available through Script Explorer, please contact Microsoft Script Explorer Customer Support.

Additional information

Joshy Joseph [MSFT] Program Manager Windows Server Information Experience


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