Check it out. Microsoft France is running a "Code2Fame"-style developer contest on MSDN. French speakers can learn more here.
The Windows Home Server software has been purchased by System Builders in over 40 countries around the world. And our hardware partners are starting to branch out their distribution plans for their hardware offerings, powered by Windows Home Server, to more and more countries. As to be expected, the larger countries are responsible for a majority of the unit sales.
In order to compare the sales results of a smaller country with a larger country, you need to come up with a relatively simple way to equalize the field of play. So, if you look at Windows Home Server sales divided by the number of households with a broadband connection in each country, you get some interesting results. Here are the current rankings of the top 16 seeds in the Windows Home Server World Cup competition.
The winning country will be announced in July of this year, at the close of Microsoft’s fiscal year 2008. We will update the standings on a monthly basis. One additional little fact, the first copy of Windows Home Server software was purchased in New Zealand on August 15, 2007
Very cool to see Home Server and the HP MediaSmart Server featured on RollingStone.com's Rock&Roll Daily.
Unlike servers of yore, the surprisngly sleek and sexy black-and-blue-lit HP MediaSmart uses the new consumer-friendly Windows Home Server platform, which makes setting up as easy as clicking through a bunch of Windows and answering a few questions.
Also an interesting article in CRN last week, highlighting the recent Forrester report on home servers. The headline hints at slow Home Server adoption...but the report is quite bullish, predicting 4.6 million home servers in US households by 2012. Thanks to channel pros Michael Cocanower of ITSynergy, Jack Safrit of Axxis Tech and Mark Crall of Tech Care Team for weighing in on Home Server's future.