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  • Blog Post: Building Add-ins

    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: ...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: Sonos

    Sonos is creating a lot of buzz today around its new Sonos 2.5 software, which includes enhanced compatibility with Home Server for storing, organizing and streaming zillions of songs around the home. Great to see a popular solution like Sonos on board the Home Server bus. Also - good overview of...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: “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...
  • Blog Post: Ask the Home Server Guy, Home Server Show 7

    Donavon over at Home Server Hacks has started a new "Ask the Home Server Guy" feature. In his words: Send in your questions about anything and everything Windows Home Server related and I’ll do my best to answer them. Send your questions to ask@HomeServerGuy.com (note the spiffy new domain name)....
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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
  • Blog Post: Programmez!

    Check it out. Microsoft France is running a " Code2Fame "-style developer contest on MSDN. French speakers can learn more here. J
  • Blog Post: Goin' Mobile

    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...
  • Blog Post: "Consumer grade" add-ins

    The Windows Home Server team is ecstatic about the number of add-ins that have been developed for Windows Home Server over the past year. Check out the WeGotServed blog that has a more comprehensive list of all of the add-ins that are available for Windows Home Server. In reviewing a lot of the add...