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  • Blog Post: Highest form of flattery

    Recognition and buzz around the home server (lower case) category continue to grow. Interesting to see this story last week in which Sony CEO Howard Stringer says one of Playstation's personas is as a home server. If you haven't seen it yet, the official Microsoft.com Windows Home Server home page...
  • Blog Post: The Market Speaks

    Hi all...Joel Sider here. I manage PR (Public Relations) for Home Server. It's great to see the blog getting going with visitors and comments. One of the most exciting things about "unveiling" Home Server at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) last month was the response that began pouring in from potential...
  • Blog Post: Tranquil on the A list

    Good to see Tranquil's T2 WHS A3 Harmony Home Server - "more substantial" vs. the T7 HSA - is a recommended product on PC Pro's "A List." "...this machine is passively cooled throughout; the only noise is of the hard disk spinning. It's also appealingly efficient....well built and well conceived....
  • Blog Post: Beta 2 - An overwhelming response

    Beta 2 - When, How, Where, Who, etc. After 24 hours of announcing the survey for nominating yourself to participate in the Windows Home Server Beta 2 program, we had responses from over 10,000 people in 107 different countries. We get a new person filling out the survey every 7 seconds. Today, the...
  • Blog Post: A family affair

    The other day I had the pleasure of speaking with a family using (and loving!) Home Server. These folks - I'll call them the Smiths - are part of a group of relatively non-techie consumers to whom we've provided the product, in order to better understand how typical families will actually use it. No...
  • Blog Post: 3,2,1...ignition!

    Today is Windows Home Server launch day! We're announcing a number of things. First, the HP MediaSmart Server is now on sale on leading retailer sites, such as Amazon , Best Buy , Buy.com, Circuit City and Comp USA . (Officially pre-order, but shipping soon.) As I wrote this, the two versions of the...
  • Blog Post: An update on KB #946676

    The Windows Home Server team has been heads down working on the data corruption issue since we first posted the Knowledge Base (KB) article in late December 2007. An update to the KB article was posted today that provides more information regarding symptoms, cause, status and guidance. You can read the...
  • Blog Post: Worldwide Live

    Remember the Scorpions? What was it about German-accented heavy metal lyrics that made the music that much more...well...awesome? Speaking of Germany and global sensations, Windows Home Server made a big splash at the CeBit conference in Hannover this week, with showfloor demonstrations and lots of press...
  • Blog Post: Windows Home Server Power Pack 1

    The first minor release of Windows Home Server was announced today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Power Pack 1, formerly code named "UR1", will ship in the first half of 2008 and be made available to existing customers of Windows Home Server via Windows Update. Power Pack 1 has...
  • Blog Post: The future ...?

    Thanks everybody for the ideas and insights on potential Add-ins. We have always envisioned Windows Home Server playing the role of the "smart household assistant". Paraphrasing with what mgarner wrote (thanks Mike!): I'd like to see ... voice recognition software integrated into WHS so that a...
  • Blog Post: If you build it...they will come

    There seems to be increased buzz around home automation lately. Here's an article out of the Middle East that says the region's building boom is driving an uptake in smart home technology, citing analyst firm In-Stat's prediction that the digital home server market will grow to the value of US$17 billion...
  • Blog Post: Ship it!

    Woo-hoo! We did it. Today we are announcing that Windows Home Server has been released to manufacturing (RTM). We have finalized the software and now handing it off to our OEM partners. The evaluation version (with 120 day evaluation period) and the system builder version are also heading into the distribution...
  • Blog Post: New and Updated Windows Home Server information

    There is some new content available that some of you may find interesting. The first of a series of Technical Briefs has been published, and a troubleshooting document to help people get the Windows Home Server Connector installed and configured on their home computers is now available. Additionally...
  • Blog Post: The stuff of literature, literally

    The first couple of reviews of Home Server are now on Amazon. Andrew Edney's book is now in stock and on sale, too, as is Windows Home Server Unleashed . Windows Home Server for Dummies will be soon. J
  • Blog Post: How many hard drives do you have in your home server?

    Windows Home Server was designed with software extensibility and hardware extensibility in mind. As the amount and size of digital content grows, the ability to simply add more hard drives and more space to store your collections of files, documents, presentations, spreadsheets, photos, music, audiobooks...
  • Blog Post: Running the Windows Home Server Console on a MAC

    One of the developers on the Windows Home Server team, Gautam, was goofing around on a Mac during his off hours and put together this awesome set of instructions and screenshots for running the Windows Home Server Console on a Mac.  This article describes how to configure your Mac to be able to...
  • Blog Post: Windows Home Server and Live Mesh Technology Demonstration

    The Professional Developers Conference (PDC) is an event where Microsoft employees that sit behind one or more displays banging out lots of cool code on a daily basis get to venture out and meet other developers outside of Microsoft. Teams often showcase various technology demonstrations to highlight...
  • Blog Post: Windows Home Server Product Demonstration: From the archives

    You have to love it when you find something that you forgot even existed! Like finding an extra $20 in the pocket of a jacket you have not worn in a while. Well that's what happened when I was rummaging through the digital archive on our team's Windows Home Server. I discovered two videos that were made...
  • Blog Post: One Household at a Time

    When we started formulating ideas for solving the problems for households with multiple PCs and a broadband connection, we focused on the development of solutions that solved problems one household at a time , instead of a single PC at a time. And based on the customer research, multiple usability tests...
  • Blog Post: Windows Home Server Customer Data

    Customers are given the option of anonymously sharing some data with Microsoft during the initial configuration of their home servers as one of the few questions ("The 7 Simple Steps") that are asked during setup. The Customer Experience Improvement Program data is used to gather metrics about...
  • Blog Post: Why RAID is not a consumer technology

    Last weekend I found some blog posts by a blogger who calls himself "Fear the Cowboy" discussing some of the more severe technical limitations that RAID (especially RAID 5) has compared to Windows Home Server Drive Extender.  Check out his posts here . His posts got me motivated to write...
  • Blog Post: WHS and Xbox Dad

    Microsoft storage guru and 'gamer dad' Jason Buffington has a great post on the popular Xbox Dad blog about using WHS with Xbox. He cites the Windows Home Server documentation on media sharing , as well as the section of the Xbox.com site devoted to connecting your Xbox 360 to Windows Media (including...
  • Blog Post: Managed services for the home

    Interesting story here on CE Pro about Atomoo , which "may be the first residential IT managed services company to cater to home systems integrators." And they rely on Home Server. Home systems integrators may do a good job of installing PCs and networks in their customers’ homes, but they really...
  • Blog Post: Another reason for a home server ...

    Digital Railroad , a hosted digital archiving and commerce site, used by professional photographers abruptly shut down its web site. If you need a place to archive large collections of digital photos that you want complete control of .... then perhaps a Windows Home Server powered solution is a better...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to the Windows Home Server Blog

    My name is Todd Headrick and I am the product planner for the Microsoft Windows Home Server. I have been working on this product for a few years now, and I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge about Home Server here on this blog. The Windows Home Server team is eager to share news, insights...