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  • Blog Post: Hola, Bonjour, Hallo!

    Good news...the Spanish, French and German language versions of Windows Home Server have been released to manufacturing! This means RTM of Home Server is now truly complete, setting the stage for availability in various countries around the world, in addition to North America. We hope to support additional...
  • 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: 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: A rolling home server gathers no moss...

    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...
  • 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: Second Life

    How cool...the Fujitsu Siemens Scaleo Home Server is featured in the company's "island" in Second Life. (Thanks to Phillip and to the German Home Server blog .) Also cool: Home Server is in a column by consumer tech queen Kim Komando . It is back in stock at Newegg - still at 93% "5 egg" reviews...
  • Blog Post: Windows Home Server - Parlez-vous français ?

    Today I got to hang out with a great bunch of people, the Enthusiast Evangelist team, at the Microsoft offices in Bellevue. Benjamin Gauthey, a member of the team, has put together several webcasts about Windows Home Server in French, check them out: · Webcast - Windows Home Server - Introduction...
  • 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: 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: 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: Roll your own

    Lots of buzz and press this week about the availability of the system builder version, in the States and abroad . Thanks for your patience. What are really fun to see are all the positive reviews on Newegg.com Thanks to those of you who took the time to write them up! 95% "5 egg" reviews as of now...
  • 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: 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: Weekly Round-up

    Lots of great news and blog posts about Windows Home Server appeared over the last week. I thought I would summarize a few things and provide some of my favorite blog links from the past week. Windows Home Server Futures What's Next for Windows Home Server? (wegotserved.co.uk) Podcast: Home...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: From Germany with love

    My friends at Microsoft Germany just sent me a link to this very favorable review of Windows Home Server in Chip, a leading tech publication. My German is pretty rusty (read: non-existent) but I'm told the article says Home Server is "strong, upcoming software" and that it is "pleasingly simple....installation...
  • Blog Post: CNET Seal of Approval

    Nice to see an "Excellent" 8.7 out of 10 review of the HP MediaSmart Server on CNET. "Microsoft's Windows Home Server is the best, easiest-to-use answer to backing up and corralling all of the disparate media files in a networked home. And delivered in this petite, relatively affordable MediaSmart...
  • Blog Post: Update on the way...

    Hi all. Next week on Tuesday, Nov 27 we will release a new update for Windows Home Server software. This is a scheduled update - part of the ongoing process of continually enhancing the customer experience with Windows Home Server. The new functionality will be downloaded via Windows Update and made...
  • Blog Post: The good book

    Another Home Server book, The Windows Home Server Bible by Greg Kettell and Jennifer Ackerman Kettell, is now available. We Got Served provides a nice line up of the growing Home Server library. Speaking of WHS blogs, Home Server Hacks by Donavon West is one we don't link to as much as we could...
  • Blog Post: Ask the Home Server Guy, Home Server Show 7

    Donavon over at Home Server Hacks has started a new "Ask the Home Server Guy" feature. In his words: Send in your questions about anything and everything Windows Home Server related and I’ll do my best to answer them. Send your questions to ask@HomeServerGuy.com (note the spiffy new domain name)....
  • Blog Post: Consume(r) Storage

    Industry analyst firm In-Stat is promoting its new consumer storage research by Joyce Putscher, who we speak with regularly. See the press release for a quick summary of the report. The consumer storage market has more than doubled in the last two years - no great surprise there. Putscher notes that...