Microsoft Developing Command-Line Interface for Windows Vista
Posted on January 3, 2006PC World reports that Microsoft is developing a command-line interface called Monad. Monad will run scripts that help make performing some manual tasks more efficient -- similar to shell scripts in Unix.
PC World also includes this link to a page from Microsoft that includes a downloadable beta version of Monad. The page also lists the key features of Monad.For its upcoming Windows Vista operating system, the company is developing a new command-line interface, or shell--the text-based controls typically accessed by clicking Command Prompt (under Start Menu, Programs, Accessories) in Windows XP.
Code-named Monad, the new shell will enable a host of new programs known as scripts--something at which rival Unix operating systems have historically excelled. While these new commands and scripts will interest primarily administrators and power users, less-technical types may benefit from Monad scripts that could circulate on the Internet as Unix scripts do. For example, a Monad script might quickly reorganize files and directories based on their name or creation date--a task that can take a fair bit of manual labor in Windows Explorer.
Simplified command-based navigation of the operating system (including drives, startup files, and registry). Command extensibility that allows administrators to quickly write scripts, customize commands, and author their own shell tools. Powerful object manipulation capabilities (objects can be directly manipulated or pipelined to other tools or databases). Direct control of system data (without the need to perform error-prone text parsing and object lookup). Powerful aliasing and output formatting capabilities. Support for existing scripts and command line tools.