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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: 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: 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: 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 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: Windows Home Server System Builder Software Price Decrease

    On November 1, Microsoft will introduce a 30% price reduction of the Windows Home Server software for the System Builder channel.  After a successful year in the market, Microsoft is reducing the price of the System Builder version of Windows Home Server to provide additional value to the system...
  • 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: VIA ARTiGO A2000 and A1000

    Donavon West, over at http://www.homeserverhacks.com has a great write-up on building a Windows Home Server on the VIA ARTiGO A2000 and also the tiny VIA ARTiGO A1000. VIA ARTiGO A2000 as a Windows Home Server VIA ARTiGO A1000 - Worlds Smallest Windows Home Server Also, if you comment on...
  • Blog Post: HP MediaSmart Server winner of MacWorld's "Best of Show"

    Congratulations to Hewlett Packard in being selected as a winner of MacWorld's annual "Best of Show" awards during the 2009 MacWorld Conference and Expo in San Francisco. The annual awards are given by MacWorld editors to honor products that push the boundaries of innovation, quality and overall creativity...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: A busy week...

    Lots o' Home Server buzz coming out of WinHEC.... the demo booth was packed, Charlie's session was a hit, and press coverage continues to roll in. Mark Hachman at PC Magazine was in LA with us and wrote a good piece about how partners are rallying around Home Server, called "Will Windows Home Server...
  • 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: 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: 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: Hardware innovation: Tranquil PC T7-HSA

    I'm writing this post from the Kodiak auditorium on the Microsoft campus while waiting for the Code2Fame judging to begin. Code2Fame is all about software innovation, but what about hardware? When we started this whole thing we hoped this kind of thing would happen, and we tried hard to drive it the...
  • 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...