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Speaking of the number 10

Speaking of the number 10

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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 in the house...something that truly enables a rich platform for the a core part of our vision for the future.

But here and now, we are really just getting started. And the # 10 comes up again. We designed Windows Home Server to be simple. It turns out that the number 10 is a great rallying point for simplicity. UI lists with more than 10 items get cumbersome for example. So Windows Home Server supports up to 10 user accounts and you can install the Windows Home Server connection (and thus back up) up to 10 PCs.

I was also born on September 10, so I have a particular love of the number 10.


P.S. the first person who posts a comment accurately describing why I felt compelled to post this entry gets a Windows Home Server coffee tumbler.

  • A child of yours or someone close to you turned 10 today?

  • Not even close.

  • Depending on how you count, this is the 10th 'set' of Windows? (Based on the NT Kernel - if you exclude certain 'point' releases... heh).

    Because the limit on Windows Server 2k3 below 'Standard' editions as well as I believe Win3.11 through WinXP for simultaneous connections to one computer (i.e., a Workgroup architecture) is 10? (although that is sort of "why you can only install it on 10 PCs).

    Beyond that I've got nothin'. :(

  • ...your 10th anniversary working at Microsoft? (Or with a specific team)? (Sorry, inspiration hit me as I was walking out the door. :) )

  • 1.  You are a fan of Bo Derek? (lets hope not of Dudley Moore!!)

    2.  You will be releasing the next CTP on 5/10?

    3.  You like to use long distance services 10-10-220

    4.  Windows Home Server is better than Solaris 10?

    5.  You always watch David Letterman for his top 10 list?

    6.  This was your 10th blog post?

    7.  Because there are 10 types of people in this world, those who understand binary and those who don't?

    8.  Because tomorrow is 5/5 which 5+5=10?

    9.  You have 10 fingers and 10 toes?

    10. Windows Home Server 10 is going to support X10 cameras!

  • Release date of WHS will be October 10, 2007

  • With the recent posts on the WHS UX blog, talking about UI prototypes, I'll guess it's a usability testing tie-in.

    In usability tests, you only need to test with 10 people. At that point, you'll see different people hitting the same problems, so there's little benefit from testing with more people.

  • Still not close. It has to do with the #10; you got that right. But why was I *compelled* to post the entry?

  • Edit my last post, should have said RTM will be 9/10/2007, would be a great birthday present. WHS is a definite "10" in any case!

  • This is your 10th anniversary (either with your spouse or at Microsoft).

  • I think that guy Glenn is way behind the curve, 10 years? My guess is this time next year, most tech savvy households will either have, or want, a Home Server.

  • Nope, nope, and nope.

    Hint: It has something to do with a non-Microsoft website.

  • It took Gordon Laing 10 items on his list of considerations to get around to the importance of backing up data.

  • Does it have something to do with your 10 minute pep talk to your team, about negative publicity, and now your getting good PR, speaking matter of factly about adoption of WHS.Probably due to your transparancy.(your blog on 3/30)

  • I give, its midnight here in the East, gotta go to sleep.

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