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  • Blog Post: Building Add-ins

    How do you build Add-ins? Awfully hard for me to say. That's kind of like asking how you should build a Windows application. Oh, wait, it's exactly like asking how you should build a Windows application. However, I can provide some general guidelines for developing Windows Home Server Add-ins: ...
  • Blog Post: Windows Home Server - Can It Be a SOHO Solution?

    Although the name of Windows Home Server may make you inclined to believe that it is only for consumer households, it can also be very functional in a small office/home office setting. One article that was recently brought to our attention came from SMB PC Magazine (See page 7) . The article provides...
  • Blog Post: I won't do any lame play on the words "wild about"...

    ...but Steve Wildstrom, BusinessWeek's influential consumer tech guru, really likes Home Server and the HP MediaSmart Server. Leading consumer analyst Rob Enderle named Home Server "product of the month" in his column , too. And PC World posted another favorable review this week. Also good to see...
  • Blog Post: CES 2009: Windows Home Server Update - Channel 10 (On10.net) video

    Nic Fillingham tracked me down at CES to take a look at some of the new hardware that is being powered by Windows Home Server. Along with a quick overview of some of the new software features that will be coming with the updated HP MediaSmart Servers, and a Lagotek powered home automation solution that...
  • 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: 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: Windows Home Server hardware at WinHEC

    We've shown you our fanciful prototype designs like the "hockeypuck". We created this extremely small, extremely cool looking, and extremely round prototype as a demonstration of what is possible. 2 2.5" HDDs with that cool glow that indicates that your home network is healthy (or not). No one is (yet...
  • 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: Last call for ... Add-Ins

    The Code2Fame Challenge entry deadline is quickly approaching... We’ve seen many Add-Ins published for Windows Home Server; why not submit yours for the Challenge? NOW is the time to submit it as an entry (entries must be postmarked by August 25, 2007). Over $50,000 in cash and prizes is up for...
  • Blog Post: Postcard from Vegas

    Once again this year Home Server is a hit at CES. The booths have been packed with attendees and there have been lots of good comments (and laughs) about the Stay at Home Server posters, show guide inserts and the "Mommy, Why is there a Server in the House?" books we're giving away. ...
  • 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: Great Coding4Fun Article!

    Last week on the Coding4Fun blog , Brian Peek posted a fun article on how to build Windows Home Server Add-in that allows you to access your Outlook email via the web using your home server. Unfortunately there is something about this article that causes certain newsreaders to not show it! Weird. The...
  • Blog Post: Windows Home Server Toolkit Version 1.1

    Today the Windows Home Server team released version 1.1 of the Windows Home Server Toolkit, a collection of diagnostic tools that run on your home computers and home server. This version provides a Windows Home Server Connector Troubleshooter that works on home computers running Windows XP and Windows...
  • Blog Post: Will Ed win the prize?

    Oohhhh!! Ed Halloway beat me to it and built the Windows Home Server Add-in that we all want . It's probably a good thing he's doing it because (a) I don't really have time to write code right now and (b) I don't think I'm eligible for the Code2Fame challenge and Ed is. Ed's Add-In is called PhotoSync...
  • Blog Post: Developers, Developers, Developers

    Today we are announcing the availability of the Windows Home Server SDK. You can access it here . As I stated in my Channel 9 video interview (and in this post ) in January, enabling developers to build on Windows Home Server is an important goal for us. We include all sorts of developers in our definition...
  • Blog Post: Mark your calendar...

    ...for this Wednesday, June 25th at 10 a.m. PST for the first in a series of interactive 'Webinars' that Microsoft and HP are collaborating on on Windows Home Server and the HP Mediasmart Server. We're conducting these to offer the broader community a chance to learn more about topics of interest to...
  • Blog Post: The partner opportunity

    Interesting article late last week in the always popular Computer Reseller News: "Microsoft Partners Eagerly Awaiting Windows Home Server." Yours truly is paraphrased, saying: Although Windows Home Server is designed to be easy to install and use, the software fits well into the toolbox of home integrators...
  • Blog Post: Introduction to Windows Home Server “Vail” SDK

    Hi everyone! My name is Dileep and I am a Development lead with Windows Home Server team. It has been more than a week since we released the beta builds of the next version of Windows Home Server “Vail”, and we are very encouraged by the download and the feedback pouring in through connect. Thank you...
  • Blog Post: The Maker's OS

    MAKE Magazine's Maker Faire 2007 starts next week at the San Mateo Fairgrounds near San Francisco and the Windows Home Server team will be there. Or at least Ryan & I will be... Let me introduce myself. I'm Chris Gray. I'm a software development lead on the Windows Home Server team (I was developer...
  • Blog Post: Secure online photo sharing with Windows Home Server and Community Add-Ins

    Don’t you love to share your photos with your friends and family? Those great shots of your little kids wearing their strained carrots or a picture of your daughter’s first formal dance; it’s through images that we graphically share the high’s and low’s of our most personal lives. With Windows Home Server...
  • Blog Post: Code2Fame Challenge Winners Announced!

    Yesterday here on campus we hosted a fun event to select the Code2Fame Challenge winners. The three finalists presented their Add-In wares to a panel of esteemed judges, who in turn determined the first, second and third prizes…each with an associated award of cold, hard cash. Without further ado, the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Home Server - Report from Computex 2009

    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...
  • Blog Post: Windows Home Server MVPs - January 2009

    The Windows Home Server team is excited to have 4 new MVPs to join our family in helping the ever growing community around the product. Olaf Engelke (Germany) - frequent contributor on Windows Home Server Community forums Eric Rux (USA) - created the http://whshelp.com site and also wrote a...