Microsoft Developing Command-Line Interface for Windows Vista

Posted on January 3, 2006

PC 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.
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.
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.
  • 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.