Microsoft to add SSH support for Windows

Microsoft has announced plans to add Open Secure Shell (SSH) support to Windows systems, enabling people to securely log-in to Windows over an encrypted connection, while making it easier for sysadmins to manage remote machines.

Open SSH is a protocol which allows users to access the command line of remote computers, and it has been a mainstay of BSD, Linux and Unix system admins over the years. This latest move suggests Microsoft is moving more open-source under the leadership of new CEO Satya Nadella.

Microsoft's Power Shell team has tried to implement SSH support in the past but it didn't make the first and second versions of Power Shell, the firm's command-line shell and scripting language, when the Redmond company was under the control of former CEO Steve Ballmer.

The group expects SSH support to come in the near future, but didn't give any clue as the data in the blog post announcing the news.

“A popular request the PowerShell team has received is to use Secure Shell protocol and Shell session (aka SSH) to interoperate between Windows and Linux – both Linux connecting to and managing Windows via SSH and, vice versa, Windows connecting to and managing Linux via SSH,” reads the post , published by group software engineering manager Angel Calvo.

“Thus, the combination of PowerShell and SSH will deliver a robust and secure solution to automate and to remotely manage Linux and Windows systems.”