In With the New…

powershell_icon_thumb As of TODAY, you will no longer be able to connect to Outlook Live using older versions of PowerShell.

If you’ve got something important to say, put it in bold and make it 14pt… As the announcement above says, on 13th March 2009 versions of Windows PowerShell below CTP 3 will cease to work with Outlook Live.


As part of the recent upgrades to Release 3 (and the move from Exchange Labs to Outlook Live), we made several huge improvements to the service. We’ve had a lot of really positive feedback on the improvements we’ve made, and the upgrade process has gone relatively smoothly. Part of the upgrade has been making PowerShell connections more reliable, and the syntax easier to use and understand. This meant a new version of PowerShell.

What do I need to do?

If you’re already using PowerShell 2.0 CTP 3, then nothing. If you’re still on CTP2, then you’ll need to download the latest versions of both PowerShell and WinRM. Download links and full instructions can be found here.

The other thing to note is that some of the syntax has changed slightly – and there’s a whole range of new cmdlets that you can use against the service. Click here for a complete list of cmdlets now available in the new version of PowerShell.

Last but not least, the system requirements for the new version of PowerShell are identical to the old one – you need Windows Vista SP1 or Windows Server 2008 (or higher, for those beta testing Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2), and access to your Outlook Live administrator account. To grant admin rights to a new user, check out this handy guide.

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