Here’s a quick summary of the differences between the free and commercial versions of PowerGUI:
|PowerGUI 2.0||PowerGUI Pro 2.0|
|Administrative Console||Fully functional||Identical to freeware|
|Script Editor and Debugger||Fully functional except version control||Same as PowerGUI plus support for version control systems|
|MobileShell||Not included||Present: Remote PowerShell access from browser and mobile devices|
|Support||Forums||Full commercial support from Quest Software|
|Availability||Available||Currently in beta|
So basically, the freeware version is not going away. Moreover, we keep investing in freeware (as we are now starting to work on PowerGUI 2.1 a big chuck of our investment is going into both versions). What we are doing, is trying to evaluate for new features whether they make more sense in individual administrator/enthusiast scenarios, or more in enterprise setting. This is why MobileShell, version control, and technical support went into the commercial version, and the rest stayed in the free one.
I hope this makes sense. You can hear Darin and I discuss this more in the PowerScripting Podcast published recently.
We are very excited about both versions of the product and their roadmap for 2010!