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  (Source: AnandTech)
Newegg lists Windows Home Sever OEM for $190

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.



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RE: Why no $70 upgrade version?
By mcnabney on 10/11/2007 6:53:44 PM , Rating: 2
It may be based on Server 2003, but it is crippled. The value of Server 2003 licensing is based upon the commercial marketplace. It is a tool to make money. In the home setting it loses all of that value. Outlook Express = Free. Microsoft Exchange and Outlook = very expensive. Home Server is much more of an Outlook Express-like product. Based upon a more expensive product, but designed to be Cheap and simple.

I have always purchased OEM versions of NT/XP/Vista for considerably less for the hardware I assemble myself. But that is a fair price because I actually utilize the O/S in many ways every day. The Home Server O/S is only interacted with when it needs to be managed. Much like a router would need only occasional interaction. The rest of the time Home Server needs to manage only the most basic I/O requirments (this is why a $10 CPU will do). The Home Server O/S just doesn't add any value to the user's experience.

A good comparison would be a NAS, which can be purchased for a little more than the O/S cost alone.

A better comparison would be for hardware companies to build the same type of Home Server products that we are anticipating, but using Linux to save on the inflated O/S costs.


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