Three years after releasing PowerShell Core for Linux and macOS, Microsoft has announced PowerShell 7, the newest version of PowerShell Core. Only in March, Microsoft released PowerShell Core 6.2 but instead of calling this version PowerShell Core 6.3, it has named it version 7. At the same time Microsoft is planning to release a "full replacement" of Windows PowerShell 5.1, the last version of Windows-only PowerShell that was released in 2016 and runs on the .NET Framework as opposed to PowerShell Core, which runs on .NET Core. As Microsoft explains on its developer blog, most growth in PowerShell Core adoption has come from Linux users, suggesting Microsoft was right to extend availability to non-Windows platforms. Linux usage of PowerShell is the key reason Microsoft's programming language for the first time this March reached 45 in Tiobe's programming-language popularity index. However, Windows usage of PowerShell Core has been flat, representing less than 20 percent of about 11 million PowerShell startups today.
There are two things that underdogs have to do to take a big bite out of a market. First, they have to tell prospective customers precisely what the plan is to develop future products, and then they have to deliver on that roadmap. The OpenPower collective behind the Power chip developed did the first thing at its eponymous summit in San Jose this week, and now it is up to the OpenPower partners to do the hard work of finishing the second. Getting a chip as complex as a server processor into the field, along with its chipsets and memory and I/O subsystems, into the field is a complicated and difficult endeavor that many of us take for granted because, more or less, the server chip makers of the world have done it pretty consistently in recent years. The roadmaps used to be a lot choppier, and we think the terrain was also a lot less bumpy, too.
As phone batteries get bigger, so do recharge times. In order to keep up with the changing landscape, charging and accessory specialists Anker has introduced a new PowerIQ 2.0 charging chipset. The PowerIQ 2.0 charging chip allows optimized power distribution for a huge spectrum of mobile devices. "The charger has the capability of dispensing anywhere from 12 Watts, enough to charge an iPhone 7, up to 18 Watts, which can charge the Samsung S7/S8, LG G5 and others with the same charging needs at full speed" explained Steven Yang, CEO of Anker. "Current Anker products offer the same range of power, but require at least two charging chips to do so."