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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: ...
5 Apr 2007
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...
7 Jun 2007
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...
5 Nov 2007
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...
10 Mar 2008
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...
17 May 2007
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...
16 Jul 2007
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...
17 Aug 2007
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...
30 Oct 2008
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...
13 Aug 2007
Welcome to the new Windows Home Server MVPs
We have four new Windows Home Server MVPs, Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals , as of July 1st. You can read about them by going to the MVP Awardees link, and selecting Windows Home Server, under the Server Solutions products, or just click here . The 4 new MVPs are: Alan Ball Henk Panneman...
3 Jul 2008
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...
18 May 2007
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...
4 Apr 2007
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...
7 Aug 2007
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...
7 May 2010
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...
11 May 2007
SyncToy 2.0 (Beta) - I Sync therefore I Am
SyncToy 2.0 Beta for Windows is available as a free download from the Microsoft Download Center. The easy to use, customizable application helps you copy, move, rename, and delete files between folders and computers. You can use SyncToy to synchronize folders between your home computers and your Windows...
29 Nov 2007
More on Windows Home Server and Live Mesh
Channel 10 posted another video with Mark, Brendan and Doug that showcases some of the future possibilities when pairing Windows Home Server with Windows Live Mesh . Windows Home Server is already playing the role of the smart always-available hub in households around the world, but as a greater...
5 Nov 2008
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...
27 Sep 2007
Time to evangelize! WHS Platform Extensibility Day 2008
As we've posted to this blog before, the Windows Home Server team is gearing up for a big presence at the upcoming PDC 2008 show in Los Angeles, CA. With so much riding on the line at this important event, we naturally want to get as much input on our messages from a critical audience - the developers...
16 Sep 2008
“Vail” Launchpad and Its Extensibility
Hi there! We are on to our second edition of Vail Engineering blogs, and this time we are talking about Launchpad - what it is, how it can be extended and why developers should care about it. I aso want to point out that we got pretty good response to Vail SDK with some of our MVPs covering it pretty...
24 May 2010
NY (heart) Home Server
Some of the team was in New York City this week, demonstrating and explaining Home Server to consumer press. We outfitted a beautiful apartment in Greenwich Village with Home Server, Vista PCs, Xbox, Zune players, plasma TVs, etc. and showcased the product in family scenarios, e.g. mom and dad's home...
28 Apr 2007
There's no place like a home server
I shamelessly stole that line from this article in Kiplinger's magazine. You know a product category is taking hold when the personal finance magazines start writing about it. Lots of press this last week for the SDK, including this story on Internetnews.com, based on an interview with our GM Charlie...
14 Apr 2007
We Got Served Awards
Our friend Terry Walsh has kicked off the inaugural We Got Served Awards for three Windows Home Server categories: best hardware, best commercial software, and best community Add-In. Vote for your favorites by Christmas and get in on a prize drawing! J
11 Dec 2007
Check it out. Microsoft France is running a " Code2Fame "-style developer contest on MSDN. French speakers can learn more here. J
26 Feb 2008
Cool to see Home Server and the LobsterTunes add-in getting noticed on The Mobile Phone Blog , which BusinessWeek recently flagged as a great source for insights about the world of mobile devices and content. The blog is run by the founders of Movaya , a Seattle company that is getting a lot of attention...
10 Aug 2007
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