Microsoft Home Server ~ One Household at a Time

Following on from our recent coverage of Microsoft's new Windows Home Server product range, the guys and gals over at the Home Server blog have been talking more about the philosophy and design architecture behind the new product.

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, and some "gut feel" decisions, we opted to deliver the following high-level features and functionality in the first version of Windows Home Server
View: One Household at a Time - A high-level overview

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Imagine backing up the hundreds of gigs across a ethernet port. That won't take very long. I think most people would be better off getting a external harddrive and eSata connector and backing up that way.

Just give us Windows Server Web Edition for a lower price. I want an affordable web server (IIS) to go with communityserver.org. Running a production website off a desktop OS is ill-advised so even Vista Ultimate doesn't cut it.

i like the idea of it but as people have said before i cant see it taking off tbh.

I have 4 systems and a 360 and tbh ill stick to my NAS box for all to share my media, cheaper and costs less to run than a "home" server.

From the blog

* On average, these households have 3 "active" PCs with the majority running a mix of Windows XP Home and Windows XP Professional
* Over 90% of these households own a digital camera
* Over 95% own a color printer
* 70% own a game console
* Less than 20% feel they have a good backup solution

OK I don't know about most of you. But the folks like myself that have more than 3 systems in our house, don't give a rats arse about this product. Unless they are trying to target the idiot user family's that still have issues finding the power button.

The average family is not going to buy a whole PC to run as a server in their home. If they can even see a need for one. This sort of functionality will go into embedded devices similar to routers and wireless hubs now, that "just work".

The rest of us who are geeky types wont be running Windows on our home servers