Microsoft has announced a new beta update for Windows Home Server called Power Pack 3 (PP3). PP3 has lots of features that will help users running computers with Windows 7 have a richer experience.
Among the Windows 7 additions in PP3 are full image based backups of Windows 7 computers. A post on the Windows Team Blog says that with the beta PP3 Action Center should no longer say that your files aren’t being backed up.
The new software also supports Windows 7 Libraries to allow users to access shared content like videos and images easier and allows Windows Media Player to access the content on the Home Server through libraries. PP3 also includes Windows Search 4 offering improved query search times, indexing times, and better reliability. Users are able to search and entire library for content even if the library files are stored on multiple locations around the network.
Windows Media Center is enhanced in PP3 with the ability to archive old TV shows that are recorded onto Windows Home Server is several different formats. The Windows Home Server Team says that it has no final release date for PP3 at this time. However, the ream is shooting for a release shortly before the general availability of Windows 7. One of the latest RTM builds of Windows 7 was leaked onto Torrents this week.
Windows Home Server users looking to try the PP3 beta will need to sign up to be a beta participant for the Windows Home Server program and will then be able to download the software.