Windows Home Server Team Blog

"Your guide to all things Windows Home Server"

May, 2007

  • Celebrating 35 years of INTERCAL

    On May 26, 1972 Don Woods and Jim Lyon created the INTERCAL programming language . What does this have to do with Windows Home Server? Well first, Windows Home Server is written primarily in INTERCAL.* But also because Jim Lyon (affectionately known as...
  • More Hockey Puck photo love

    Here are some professional photos of the hockey puck design. Enjoy! (Reminder, just in case people haven't been paying attention: Microsoft commissioned this design as a proof of concept in order to drive creative thinking about small-form-factor home...
  • A busy week...

    Lots o' Home Server buzz coming out of WinHEC.... the demo booth was packed, Charlie's session was a hit, and press coverage continues to roll in. Mark Hachman at PC Magazine was in LA with us and wrote a good piece about how partners are rallying...
  • Will Ed win the prize?

    Oohhhh!! Ed Halloway beat me to it and built the Windows Home Server Add-in that we all want . It's probably a good thing he's doing it because (a) I don't really have time to write code right now and (b) I don't think I'm eligible for the Code2Fame challenge...
  • Medion

    Here's an image of Medion's hardware. Their initial plans are to have storage options of 500 GB up to 2 terabytes and to offer DLNA-compliant universal plug and play media streaming based on PacketVideo Connect software. It is scheduled to ship by the...
  • More Hockey Puck Photos

    Heh. Joel just sent me a couple more pics of the "hockey puck". This thing is so amazingly cool that I just have to rant some more about it. First, we commissioned Carbon Design , a local design firm, to dream up some really cool home server form factors...
  • Windows Home Server hardware at WinHEC

    We've shown you our fanciful prototype designs like the "hockeypuck". We created this extremely small, extremely cool looking, and extremely round prototype as a demonstration of what is possible. 2 2.5" HDDs with that cool glow that indicates that your...
  • Code2Fame

    In addition to the great partner news, yesterday at WinHEC we also announced the Code2Fame Challenge . If you're a 'maker,' this is a chance to showcase your Home Server add-ins and potentially win fame and fortune. Have a great idea for a Windows service...
  • WinHEC: BillG, Home Server partners...and Jade

    Today in Los Angeles at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) Home Server was featured in Bill Gates' keynote. The key takeaway: The Home Server partner ecosystem is expanding and the product category is quickly taking hold. In his speech...
  • The Maker's OS

    MAKE Magazine's Maker Faire 2007 starts next week at the San Mateo Fairgrounds near San Francisco and the Windows Home Server team will be there. Or at least Ryan & I will be... Let me introduce myself. I'm Chris Gray. I'm a software development lead...
  • As long as we're talking numbers...

    Jason Hiner over at Tech Republic posted an in-depth review of Home Server, called Windows Home Server solves three problems for home networks . (Backup, file share, remote access.) Actually, his friend Shawn Morton did the positive evaluation, saying...
  • Speaking of the number 10

    Joel just posted an entry about the future. How in 10 years everyone will have a home server. Glenn Derene is right...the idea that homes everywhere will have at least one, always available, powerful computing node providing services for the other devices...
  • The home needs a traffic cop

    So says Glenn Derene in his weekly column in Popular Mechanics about the HP MediaSmart and Windows Home Server. He says everyone will have a home server in 10 years because "in ten years everything that will benefit from having a microchip inside will...
  • Exclusion versus Inclusion

    Windows Home Server was desiged to automate the backups of home computers running Windows XP and Windows Vista. The goal behind the design was to ideally ask zero questions, and be incredibly space efficient in how much hard disk space is needed for all...