Windows Home Server Shipped


This is news I didn’t report last week, but Windows Home Server was released to RTM just over a week ago.

I was really pleased with how far the product moved between Beta 2 and RTM.  There was a lot of polish put in and some of the things that didn’t quite work well in Beta 2 were fixed and now work really well.

A couple of days ago I was asked for photo’s of our dog.  I logged on to my home server using the DDNS address and did a search through the files for “Minnie” – the name of the dog, and the files I wanted appeared – these were photos tagged with “Minnie” that were stored on the server.  I could then select individual files for download by clicking a checkbox and click the download button – the files were zipped up and I was prompted download a zip file rather than a bunch of individual JPEG files.

If you have been on the Beta, you download the trial version of Windows Home Server from the Connect site now.

Now – all we need is to get some more add-ins built.  IMHO, this is one of the best v1 products we’ve launched for some time.

Comments (3)

  1. Kevin Daly says:

    Ah well, all you need to do is get a few of those HP Home Server donated to developers once they ship and I’m sure the add-ins will come thick and fast 🙂

    Windows Home Server actually looks like a really nifty product – the cool kids look down their noses at it because it isn’t sufficiently difficult to use, but since I’m a network ignoramus I think it’s great.

    I’m awaiting news of prices with eagerness and trepidation.

  2. Peter says:

    Will WHS be available to MSDN Subscribers at all?

  3. Garry Trinder says:

    I dont expect WHS will be available to MSDN subscribers.  MSDN subscriptions are aimed at business use and this is a home product which will primarily ship through the OEM channels.

    I stand to be corrected, but I wouldn’t expect to see it.  

    I understand the price will be very reasonable.