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This article was published on June 3, 2015

Windows will soon support the SSH encryption protocol for remote access

Windows will soon support the SSH encryption protocol for remote access
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Furthering Microsoft’s push to support open source, the company has announced that it plans to add Secure Shell (SSH) support to Windows in the future.

SSH is a protocol that allows users to access the command line of remote computers.

The team behind Powershell, Microsoft’s shell environment, said that it’s been working to add SSH for a number of years but it didn’t make the cut in both the first or second versions of Powershell.

The SSH library used by Windows will be OpenSSH as it’s ‘industry proven’ and Microsoft plans to give back to the project by contributing to the core library.

There’s no hard date for SSH support landing in Windows, as it’s only in the “early planning phase,” but the news will be music to the ears of network administrators and those that support Windows at scale.

➤ Looking Forward: Microsoft: Support for Secure Shell [MSDN]