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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: Windows Home Server World Cup

    The Windows Home Server software has been purchased by System Builders in over 40 countries around the world. And our hardware partners are starting to branch out their distribution plans for their hardware offerings, powered by Windows Home Server, to more and more countries. As to be expected, the...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Another story ...

    Today' story came from a gentleman named Bruce... I got up Saturday morning and went into my office with a morning snack. The first thing I noticed was a “WwrrrrrrWrrrrrrWrrrrr” coming from my office, something didn’t sound quite right. When I opened the door, I was greeted with “ABIT Bios”, System...
  • 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 - Announcing Power Pack 2

    We are pleased to announce Windows Home Server Power Pack 2. Power Pack 2 fixes known issues and adds new features to improve the Windows Home Server experience. Enhancements include: Improvements to remote access configuration, enhanced functionality for computers running Windows Media Center, and content...
  • Blog Post: Home Server World Cup - Sweet 16 for February

    The February numbers are in and there have been some shuffling of positions, however the top 8 countries remain the same. Belgium is in the top 16 and Japan is out. The USA moved from 7th to 3rd, UK moved from 6th to 4th, but Norway and New Zealand continue to hold the top 2 spots. Other notables, South...
  • 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: 2 months to go ...

    The Windows Home Server World Cup results for April are in and Norway remains on top, with New Zealand closing the gap.  New Zealand is less than 100 units away from first place, assuming Norway stands still.  Windows Home Server has now been sold in 47 different countries around the world...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Windows Home Server for under $100

    The Windows Home Server team is a very customer focused team. We listen to our community of current customers and future customers to understand the hot points and wishes. Some wishes take longer to make come true, while others can happen sooner rather than later. When we first made Windows Home Server...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: Hallo from Berlin

    First, a little German lesson. I'm in Berlin to talk to press and partners about Windows Home Server at " IFA " a huge consumer electronics show. Apparently IFA is bigger than even CES. What a gorgeous city! The weather certainly has something to do with it, but so far I found Berlin to be one of the...
  • Blog Post: To Russia with Love

    Thanks for all of the great feedback on the Broadband Conundrum post. I learned a lot about the variety of offerings from around the world. Feel free to keep the feedback coming ... Valeri Liborski and Sasha Dadiomov, two members of the Windows Home Server team, did a Channel 9 video in Russian. Check...