Recognition and buzz around the home server (lower case) category continue to grow. Interesting to see this story last week in which Sony CEO Howard Stringer says one of Playstation's personas is as a home server.
If you haven't seen it yet, the official Microsoft.com Windows Home Server home page is up and running. HP also has a preliminary "coming soon" site for MediaSmart Server.
Steve Wiseman over at IntelliAdmin adds to the growing number of Home Server reviews. He starts his 3-part walk-through of the product saying he was skeptical at first, but "so far it is the perfect balance between simplicity and the needs of the user."
Robert McLaws at Windows Now details how he built his Home Server system for under $500. McLaws calls himself an online pundit who's barely old enough to buy alcohol. Home Server definitely has its fans within Generation Y. The other day I had the pleasure of meeting one of the top non-MS moderators on the Home Server Forum. He's all of 15 years old.
Enjoy the weekend. Spring has sprung in Redmond.
The Microsoft WHS link is broken. Looks like it should be http://www.microsoft.com/windowshomeserver.
The new site looks great.
Sony "wished" they had a home server! Anyways, the new site looks promising and I would love to see the following:
1- Photos of the some of the prototype cases. Consumers like to see products. Most servers are big devices requiring dedicated rooms. Showing a small device (with no keyboard and mouse) would help people to see what is going on.
2- Photos of the interface. Yes, it is in beta, but some of the screens really help to sell the product.
3- Make the "Digital Amnesia" link more appealing. Having it on the right doesn't really say much, but having an interactive sample asking people to "click to learn more" would help.