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 analyst and Microsoft watcher Joe Wilcox provides his take on the growing Home Server community here, pointing out that at this stage we're focused on working with enthusiasts. He's right; It's the enthusiasts like you that will help improve Home Server, further explore the application and hardware possibilites and, in general, drive the home server (lower case) product category within the industry.
Here's an article in a local Virginia paper highlighting the rapid growth of home networks among consumers. Research fim Parks Associates says there are 22 million home networks in the US.
While I can consider myself an enthusiast, I'll make sure I make my family interact with the new technology, from automatic backups to remote access to files.
The real challenge that I hope the beta program proves is if it will be really possible for some non-techie to buy the hardware product (say, from Dell or HP, or whatever) and get it running at home without the need for the Chief Geek Officer-in law.
I agree with sergio...
Right now, I don't think I could allow my mum to use the WHS in its current state. Fortunately it is still in beta and the feedback at the "connect" website is spot-on with the things that need to be improved.
Get the bugs worked out and this could be a winner!