Windows Home Server Team Blog

"Your guide to all things Windows Home Server"

April, 2007

  • The Broadband Conundrum

    I have always wondered what it was (is) like to be one of the last ones to get access to electricity or to be able to have a telephone line at your house. I own a piece of property that got access to electricity in 1940, telephone lines didn't come until...
  • CTP Gets the Greenlight

    Great news! Today we're broadly rolling out a new test build of Windows Home Server - a Community Technology Preview (CTP.) If you've been following Home Server press coverage, or seen the subtle hints from the team in postings to the forums , you knew...
  • Developers, Developers, Developers

    Today we are announcing the availability of the Windows Home Server SDK. You can access it here . As I stated in my Channel 9 video interview (and in this post ) in January, enabling developers to build on Windows Home Server is an important goal for...
  • Building Add-ins

    How do you build Add-ins? Awfully hard for me to say. That's kind of like asking how you should build a Windows application. Oh, wait, it's exactly like asking how you should build a Windows application. However, I can provide some general guidelines...
  • External Hard Drives and the Octopus

    Windows Home Server was designed to use external hard disk drives as additional server storage. One of the primary goals of Drive Extender ™ was to enable people to reuse any existing hard drives for more space on their home servers. The paradigm is a...
  • There's no place like a home server

    I shamelessly stole that line from this article in Kiplinger's magazine. You know a product category is taking hold when the personal finance magazines start writing about it. Lots of press this last week for the SDK, including this story on Internetnews...
  • Leaks, Richards, and MVPs

    I like to monitor the blogsphere for posts on home servers (e.g. this feed ). There were no shortage of posts that popped up last week regarding reports that some "Richard" leaked a CTP (Community Technology Preview) of Windows Home Server without Microsoft...
  • NY (heart) Home Server

    Some of the team was in New York City this week, demonstrating and explaining Home Server to consumer press. We outfitted a beautiful apartment in Greenwich Village with Home Server, Vista PCs, Xbox, Zune players, plasma TVs, etc. and showcased the product...
  • The future ...?

    Thanks everybody for the ideas and insights on potential Add-ins. We have always envisioned Windows Home Server playing the role of the "smart household assistant". Paraphrasing with what mgarner wrote (thanks Mike!): I'd like to see ... voice recognition...
  • Focus Groups and Customer Quotes

    We have been doing a bunch of research, both qualitative (focus groups) and quantitative (web surveys) to gain insight into how to position and market Windows Home Server to enthusiasts and families. From all of this research we have found that people...
  • Photo Add-ins

    Here are a few ideas for some relatively simple add-ins (the product team always gets upset when the marketing guy calls something "simple") that I would like to see built for Windows Home Server: Web Camera - I would like to be able to plug a USB...
  • To Russia with Love

    Thanks for all of the great feedback on the Broadband Conundrum post. I learned a lot about the variety of offerings from around the world. Feel free to keep the feedback coming ... Valeri Liborski and Sasha Dadiomov, two members of the Windows Home...
  • Answering some of the questions from the "beta" program

    Beta Software - The home server team has to remind our beta testing community from time to time that Windows Home Server is beta software and during your beta testing you should not be using your home server as the only place to store your important photos...
  • Our Design Guru has a blog

    I just discovered that the person on the Windows Home Server Team who is behind the Windows Home Server user experience (Ux) has a blog . If you are running Beta 2, or have seen the various screen shots posted around the web, you know that we've invested...
  • Home Networking 101

    The basic premise for troubleshooting your broadband modem and other home networking equipment often comes with the advice from your broadband provider to "turn it off, wait 60 seconds, and then turn it back on". I have fielded calls from family members...