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  • Blog Post: Updating the Windows Home Server web site

    Microsoft's Windows Home Server web site is getting updated to enable people to quickly find what they are looking for with fewer clicks. We did an extensive review of the site statistics and search terms and are making changes to the site to better serve both general consumers and enthusiasts. Check...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Home Computer. Home Network. Home Server.

    In the 1960s & 70s the idea of a home computer was unheard of outside of science fiction circles. Before the late 1980s home networks were unheard of. In 1975 Microsoft was founded with the vision of putting "A computer on every desk and in every home...".  Microsoft led the charge...
  • 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 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: Image-based Backup

    J.D Biersdorfer from the New York Times did an article for the Personal Tech column entitled " Backing Up is Not So Hard " which outlines the difference between file-based and image-based backup software. One of the core features of Windows Home Server is the image-based backup software solution that...
  • 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: Surface

    Unless you've been hiding in a cave somewhere (or just maybe working really hard this week) you've probably caught some of the incredible buzz for Microsoft Surface , unveiled at the Wall Street Journal's D conference this week. USA Today tech columnist Andrew Kantor says Surface is the "second product...
  • 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: The stuff of literature, literally

    The first couple of reviews of Home Server are now on Amazon. Andrew Edney's book is now in stock and on sale, too, as is Windows Home Server Unleashed . Windows Home Server for Dummies will be soon. J
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...