Filing Bugs

With the release of RC1 of PowerShell, we’ve closed down on doing much feature work and are primarily polishing the product. This means fixing bugs, cleaning up usability issues, and really making sure this is a quality product.

For those of you unfamiliar with Microsoft’s milestone naming terminology, RC1 stands for Release Candidate 1. This means that PowerShell has reached a point where it has enough of both features and reliability to be compelling and usable as a standalone product.

So what does that mean for you, dear PowerShell user? It means that the team is now 100% focused on polishing and eliminating bugs. We do a great deal of testing on our own (over 100,000 individual tests currently!) as well as obviously using PowerShell extensively day to day. However, we know we won’t catch every bug or issue.

We need your help to make sure PowerShell isn’t just a great product, but a fantastic product! If you run into any behavior that is a bug or a usability issue, such as the shell crashing, behaving as you wouldn’t expect, or you just find a small typo in the documentation somewhere, let us know!

I’ve set up a bug reporting area on MS Connect for you to submit your bugs, as well as voting on issues that others have found as well as search for workarounds and resolutions to your issues. These bugs are sent directly to the team, and every one is looked at.

If you haven’t used the Monad Connect site before you’ll need to do a quick registration if you haven’t visited Connect before.

 

How to register for the MS Connect site:

  1. Visit http://connect.microsoft.com/
  2. Click on “Available Programs” on the left and sign in with your Microsoft Passport credentials.
  3. Click “Apply” next to the the item “Windows PowerShell”
  4. Click the “Submit Feedback” link on the left navigation bar to submit new bugs and suggestions.
  5. Click the “Feedback” link on the left navigation bar to track your submitted bugs and suggestions, as well as view, vote, and comment on bugs and suggestions submitted by others.

If you are already subscribed to the Monad Connect site:

  1. Click on “My Participation” and sign in with your Microsoft Passport credentials.
  2. Click “Windows PowerShell”
  3. Click the “Submit Feedback” link on the left navigation bar to submit new bugs and suggestions.
  4. Click the “Feedback” link on the left navigation bar to track your submitted bugs and suggestions, as well as view, vote, and comment on bugs and suggestions submitted by others.

I’m looking forward to seeing your feedback! If you have any issues with the site, please do let me know. You can always shoot me an e-mail at lchung@microsoft.com.

Leonard Chung [MSFT]
Windows PowerShell Program Manager

PSMDTAG:FAQ: How do I file a bug or feature request?