Windows Home Server Completed, Microsoft Says

Somehow this was missed earlier in the week, possibly good news for multiple PC users at home:

On Monday, Microsoft announced that it had completed development of Windows Home Server, its upcoming operating system for home servers, a new type of PC that will be made by various hardware manufacturers. In addition, Microsoft announced two new manufacturers that will be shipping home server hardware in time for the holiday selling season: Iomega and Fujitsu Siemens Computers. Previously, Microsoft had highlighted other partners, such as Gateway, HP, LaCie, and Medion.

"We did it," Microsoft general manager Charlie Kindel wrote in the Windows Home Server blog. "The 'Quattro' project began in February 2004 and we became a product group in April 2005. As you can imagine, I am extremely gratified that we have built a great V1 product on time and on budget."

Windows Home Server will be delivered in two forms, with dedicate home server hardware and as a software-only version for system builders. Microsoft will ship an evaluation version of the Home Server software so enthusiasts can try out the final code, and the company says that French, German and Spanish language versions of the software will be completed soon as well.

News source: Windows IT Pro

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