Microsoft's Windows Home Service has been released to
manufacturing (RTM). The announcement came roughly one month after Microsoft delivered a Release
Candidate version of the softwareto testers.
Over 100,000 people tested the "coolest version of
Windows ever" according to Windows Home Server General Manager Charlie
Windows Home Server can be used on any home network and can
be used to store music and photos, provide automated network backups for
connected PCs and provide secure remote access from anywhere in the world.
Windows Home Server is based on Windows Server 2003 and will
be available as a standalone OEM software package to be installed on compatible
PCs (Microsoft recommends using a 64-bit enabled processor, but it is not
required) or as an all-in-one hardware solution.
In the latter case, hardware solutions such as the HP
MediaSmart Server have already been revealed to the public and will ship within
the coming months. Other launch partners include Fujitsu-Siemens, Gateway,
Iomega LaCie and Medion.
"It started with a vision that an always available
device on the home network was an essential ingredient of a Microsoft platform
for the home," said Kindel. "At first there was only one of us, then
three, then five... We put together a plan for a plan and executed. The result was
an ambitious, yet pragmatic product plan that would deliver real value to
Microsoft has cited "early fall, late September and
early October" for the retail launch of Windows Home Server-based
hardware. HP's MediaSmart Server will lead the charge with the others following
"We'll keep moving forward," said Windows Home
Server Senior Product Manager Joel Sider. "There will certainly be future
versions of WHS."
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quote: Sider declined to provide specific release dates for either the system builder version -- standalone software that will allow users to install WHS on older PCs -- or the various hardware products. But he did confirm that an evaluation edition would be available with the eval timing out after 120 days.
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