For those of you that have been reading this blog for a while, you may remember Dispatch from Computex Taipei (Posted: Tuesday, June 03, 2008). Last year was the Windows Home Server team's first time attending Computex.
Fast forward one year. Microsoft had a major presence at Computex last week which included a large booth, broad marketing & PR activities, and a June 3 keynote in the main convention auditorium. One of the significant announcements was the October 22nd General Availability date for Windows 7.
For the Windows Home Server team, Computex was an important opportunity to meet with existing and prospective hardware manufacturers. We also strove to increase industry awareness. Over 14,000 international buyers and attendees visited the Microsoft booth!
Our team in Taipei organized a terrific event presence. In the Microsoft booth, there was a section dedicated to Windows Home Server. On the main stage there was a 25-minute demonstration that featured: Easy setup, protecting PCs and files, easy storage expansion, smart storage management, media streaming, and home surveillance.
We were really pleased to unveil the D-Link ViewCam add-in for Windows Home Server, which allows control of a wide range of D-Link’s IP cameras from the Windows Home Server Console. Also notable, each scenario was demonstrated using a netbook as the interface and playback device for Windows Home Server.
Of course no booth would be complete without a "muscle beach" of cool hardware. Acer, Foxconn, Lenovo, and VIA hardware designs were showcased in the booth. For those of you seeing the Lenovo model for the first time, it is currently only available in China.
Acer Aspire easyStore H340
Lenovo IdeaCentre Q500
VIA NSD 7800
The VIA NSD 7800 sure looks a lot like the Sans Digital TowerRAID TR8M-B
I recently purchased the Acer Aspire Easystore H340 and I am finding it to be fantastic.
For anyone who is looking for a simplified backup, data management solution I cannot recommend it enough. From what I have been reading the HP units are also great and include some additional software to make media streaming easier, of course their is a higher cost for these units as well!
I put together some information on Windows Home Server and why I thought I needed it here if it helps anyone, http://www.squidoo.com/windows-home-server-info
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