Microsoft is finally ready to roll with its Windows Home
Server software platform. The Redmond, Washington-based software company pushed
out a release
candidate version of the software in June and released it to
manufacturing in mid-July.
Microsoft Windows Home Server (32-bit) is now available to
purchase by anyone looking to turn an old PC into a multi-functional
storage/media/backup/remote access hub. Newegg lists the OEM version of the
software on its website for $189.99.
Windows Home Server doesn't feature outlandish system
requirements and will likely run just fine on a machine that is four or five
years old. The bare minimum requirements are a 1GHz Pentium III processor and
512MB of RAM and many users have found much success with similar hardware.
For those that would prefer to buy a pre-built Windows Home
Server system, there are plenty of solutions on the way. HP has a $599, 500GB
EX470 server and a $799, 1TB EX475 server while competing
solutions from Velocity Micro are also in the works.
Other companies who will produce Windows Home Server systems
include Fujitsu-Siemens, Gateway, Iomega LaCie and Medion.
For more information on Windows Home Server and all of its
features, be sure to check out AnandTech's preview.
quote: I have never understood on Dailytech why a $50 delta of cost really makes a difference? "When Xbox 360 drops by $50, then I'll buy it" or something similar for HD-DVD players.
quote: WHS will combine both drives to act like one 500GB drive (you will just have 1 big c: drive), with no duplication or splitting of data across drives.
quote: Product Availability for Vista SP1, XP SP3, and Windows Home ServerIn response to Color's comments/questions:Vista SP1 is expected to RTM in the first quarter of 2008, and we would expect to have it on Subscriber Downloads very shortly after release.XP SP3 (did you mean Office or Windows XP?)---Windows XP SP3 “SP3 for Windows XP Professional" is currently planned for 1H CY2008. This date is preliminary .(From http://www.microsoft.com/windows/lifecycle/service...---Office XP SP3 is a public download: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?Fa...Windows Home Server - our acquisitions team is working with the product group to include this in the MSDN offering. We expect it will be offereed, but we do not have an estimate of availability.Posted Monday, October 08, 2007 10:13 AM by MSDNSubscriptions | 3 CommentsFiled under: product availability