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  • Blog Post: Entomophobia

    According to Wikipedia, Entomophobia is defined as the abnormal fear of or aversion to insects and similar arthropods, and even other "bugs", such as worms. Commonly, this condition might be referred to as the "Fear of insects or bugs". This condition causes a slight to severe emotional reaction, a form...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: More Beta Testers and Home Server Documentation

    Sent out another big batch of Connect Invite IDs today. One person had registered fourteen (14!) different times - welcome to Beta2 !! We also posted the Windows Home Server Beta 2 documentation on the Connect site ( http://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsHomeServer ). Just click on the 'Downloads' link...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Windows Home Server - Parlez-vous français ?

    Today I got to hang out with a great bunch of people, the Enthusiast Evangelist team, at the Microsoft offices in Bellevue. Benjamin Gauthey, a member of the team, has put together several webcasts about Windows Home Server in French, check them out: · Webcast - Windows Home Server - Introduction...
  • Blog Post: The future ...?

    Thanks everybody for the ideas and insights on potential Add-ins. We have always envisioned Windows Home Server playing the role of the "smart household assistant". Paraphrasing with what mgarner wrote (thanks Mike!): I'd like to see ... voice recognition software integrated into WHS so that a...
  • 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: 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: 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...