Microsoft Says Home Server Ready For Liftoff

Now that Microsoft has released a fix for the data corruption bug in Windows Home Server, channel partners are hoping Microsoft will embark on an advertising and marketing blitzkrieg to show consumers that having a server in the home can, in fact, make their lives easier.

Before this week's release of Power Pack 1, the first major update for Windows Home Server, Microsoft may have been reluctant to trumpet the virtues of a product whose primary function of backing up users' data was in doubt. Now that it has fixed the glitch, Microsoft can continue working on the challenge of creating demand for the brand new home server segment. Susan Bradley, a Small Business Specialist partner in Fresno, Calif., describes Home Server as a "strong" product, but says she's "honestly concerned" about the amount of marketing Microsoft has devoted to the product thus far.

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