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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: One Household at a Time

    When we started formulating ideas for solving the problems for households with multiple PCs and a broadband connection, we focused on the development of solutions that solved problems one household at a time , instead of a single PC at a time. And based on the customer research, multiple usability tests...
  • 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: Home Server saves the day!

    I don't write these, I just receive them in my e-mail, and I figured it would be good to start sharing them with a wider audience. This one came from a Microsoft employee named Jason, the title of the blog is the subject line of the e-mail. Here is the text of the message: OK. For all the crap I've...
  • 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: Life Imitating Art or Art Imitating Life?

    Someone forwarded this photo of a puppy peeing on a laptop to us. Please compare this photo to the following page from the hit Children's book Mommy, Why is there a Server in the House?     I sure hope whoever's laptop that was had a Windows Home Server . By the way, we've posted another video...
  • 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 saves my bacon...again

    Last December, I posted a story to my personal blog titled " Windows Home Server is actually useful! " where I had an opportunity to benefit from the power of Windows Home Server's home computer backup and restore capability myself. In that case it was all about "protecting time"...
  • Blog Post: ... best 400 dollars I ever spent.

    Sometimes we find stories about Windows Home Server on other people's blogs, sometimes we miss them. Clint Rutkas had the misfortune of having his laptop stolen ... you can read his blog post here . The summation, "Windows Home Server, best 400 dollars I ever spent." t.
  • Blog Post: NTFS Compression

    The Windows Home Server team has solved a software bug that may affect files that are compressed using Advanced Attributes (NTFS compression). NTFS compression can be enabled on an individual file, folder or at the hard drive level and is sometimes enabled by users to save disk space on a home computer...
  • 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: 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...