The Windows Home Server test team has been very busy doing all of the final testing for the localized builds of Windows Home Server Power Pack 1. The product will soon be available in 4 new language options for a total of 8 localized builds. Currently, the English version of the Power Pack 1 update package is available on the Microsoft Download Center.
In early August, we will add the German, French and Spanish update packages to the Download Center and also distribute the Power Pack 1 package via Windows Updates so if you want to skip the manual steps of using the Download Center you only have to wait a little longer.
In addition, we will be releasing new media kits of the software into the System Builder channel in the coming weeks. So as the new software proceeds through the manufacturing process in the various worldwide geographies, you will see these new part numbers become available.
There is no reason to wait for the new media release of Windows Home Server - if you buy it today, the Power Pack 1 update is free and will be applied via a Windows Update. One small point of trivia, with the initial release of Windows Home Server, the first copy was purchased in New Zealand, as they have a very streamlined manufacturing process in that part of the world …
Also, there is some Power Pack 1 information on the Microsoft Windows Home Server web site. Check it out …
The team is pleased to announce that Windows Home Server Power Pack 1 has been released to manufacturing (RTM) and is now available on the Microsoft Download Center!
The English version is available now and German, Spanish and French versions will be available on the Download Center soon. Windows Home Server customers who don’t download it on their own will receive Power Pack 1 via Windows Update in August, and the new Chinese and Japanese versions will RTM in August, too.
As many know, Power Pack 1 provides a range of new enhancements, including support for home computers running Windows Vista x64 editions, backup of home server Shared Folders, improvements to remote access, more efficient power consumption and better performance. And, of course, it delivers a fix for the data corruption bug. Documentation for Power Pack 1 (Build #1800, to those who have been part of the beta testing) is available here.
Our OEM partners will be updating their systems with Power Pack 1 and HP will release a software update for the HP MediaSmart Server, delivering enhanced media streaming capabilities from PacketVideo, server-side anti-virus from McAfee and compatibility with 64-bit home PCs.
Windows Home Server can now be purchased in 50 countries worldwide and a growing ecosystem of third-party software developers has released approximately 60 Add-in programs extending Windows Home Server’s capabilities. To help fuel this development we have updated the Windows Home Server software development kit for Power Pack 1, including new support for the client PC side, i.e. notifications to/from home computers.
We continue to hear fantastic feedback from our customers about how Home Server is helping them protect and organize their digital media, access it away from home, and share it with friends and family. Thank you to our beta testers and partners for helping us ship Power Pack 1, and to the Home Server community as a whole, for its ongoing support and enthusiasm.
The Windows Home Server Team
Family Feud was a television game show that featured two families (and in later years, celebrity teams) in a contest to name the most popular responses to a survey-type question posed to 100 people.
Although there will be no 'kissing hosts' and 'loud buzzers', the Windows Home Server team is kicking off a purchaser survey. We want to better understand the usage, attitudes, and satisfaction of purchasers and regular users. If you are a current Windows Home Server system owner, we want to hear from you!