Windows Home Server Team Blog

"Your guide to all things Windows Home Server"

February, 2007

  • Remote Access to Files and PCs

    One of the key features of Windows Home Server will be to allow users to easily connect to their home server when they are away from home. By default, the Remote Access capabilities will be turned off, but they will be easy to setup once a user decides...
  • Another 10,000 invites

    We sent out another 10,000 Beta 2 invites and in less that 4 hours over 5,000 people have activated their Connect account for Windows Home Server. We still have a backlog of people that want to get into the beta and we would love to get everybody in ...
  • Seeing is Believing

    In addition to the lively dialogue and valuable input on the Home Server Forum , a lot of people are starting to share their beta 2 experiences out in the blogosphere (Sorry...I think many of us dislike that term, but as everyone's favorite technophile...
  • Windows Home Server Forums

    With the announcement of Windows Home Server Beta 2, we opened up a public web forum where people can ask questions and learn more about Windows Home Server. You can get to the forums by using either: http://forums.microsoft.com/WindowsHomeServer...
  • Sharing Made Easy

    Windows Home Server comes with a pre-defined set of shared folders: Photos, Music, Videos, Software and Public to enable families to share and access their favorite stuff from any PC in the house. And after installing the Windows Home Server Connector...
  • PC Magazine Review

    PC Magazine recently posted a review of Windows Home Server Beta 2 - link --> http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2094834,00.asp . While they didn't dig deep into all of the features - it does provide a broad brush overview. BOTTOM LINE: If...
  • It takes a village

    The number of requests to participate in Beta 2 is now well north of 25,000. We're responding and getting invites out by the truckload. If you've submitted your request and haven't heard from us yet....stay tuned, we appreciate your patience. Jupiter...
  • The Death of the Drive Letter ...

    Windows Home Server Drive Extender is a new technology incorporated into Windows Home Server that makes it easy for consumers to easily add more disk space to their home servers. Users will no longer have worry about disk drive letters (C:, D:, E:, etc...
  • Beta 2 - An overwhelming response

    Beta 2 - When, How, Where, Who, etc. After 24 hours of announcing the survey for nominating yourself to participate in the Windows Home Server Beta 2 program, we had responses from over 10,000 people in 107 different countries. We get a new person...
  • Why Doesn't Windows Home Server do foo?

    When someone asks "Why doesn't Windows Home Server do Foo?" a response of "because" goes just about as well as it does when my son asks "Why can't I just eat chocolate for dinner?" This post is an attempt to generically answer the "why not" questions by explaining the process my team used to plan Windows Home Server.
  • Beta 2 is go!

    Good news! Windows Home Server has reached the Beta 2 milestone! While previous releases have been tested by 1000+ Microsoft employees and some of our hardware and software partners, we are now starting to invite a broader group of external testers to...
  • Home Server Fashion

    Fun to see that the " Stop Digital Amnesia " T-shirts we distributed at the Consumer Electronics Show are being auctioned online. I personally refereed several fistfights over these at the show. OK...there were no fistfights, but there were definitely...
  • Home Computer Backup

    Windows Home Server will automatically back up your home computers to your home server and allow you to easily restore the entire computer or an individual file or folder to a previous point in time. The Windows Home Server Backup solution uses an innovative...
  • One Household at a Time

    When we started formulating ideas for solving the problems for households with multiple PCs and a broadband connection, we focused on the development of solutions that solved problems one household at a time , instead of a single PC at a time. And based...
  • Home Server History

    Mary Jo Foley, queen of the Microsoft watchers, posted two stories on ZDNET today about the development history of Home Server, based on a conversation she had with Charlie Kindel. Charlie is the general manager overseeing Home Server and has been a guiding...
  • Lots of E-mail, so let's talk about E-mail

    Thanks for all of the great comments and e-mails over the last few days - it is hard to know where to start in answering all of the questions. But, since this one often gets asked by 1 or more people .... "Why don't you put Exchange in Windows Home...
  • The Market Speaks

    Hi all...Joel Sider here. I manage PR (Public Relations) for Home Server. It's great to see the blog getting going with visitors and comments. One of the most exciting things about "unveiling" Home Server at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) last month...
  • Target Market for Windows Home Server

    When we set out to prove a business case for building Windows Home Server we scoured all of the existing secondary research data and decided to focus on households with a broadband connection with 2 or more "active" PCs that are sharing the internet connection...