Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Windows Home Server

Hmmm... This year's CES seems to be slightly more interesting than last year's. Bill Gates introduced Microsoft's newest "home of the future" gimmick. Windows Home Server is a headless computer (i.e. it doesn't have a monitor, keyboard, etc.) that connects to your home network and makes sharing files between PCs a lot easier. It also automatically backs-up every document, music file, video, etc. in all you network PCs, and even allows you to access your files via the Internet (for when you're away from home). Paul Thurrott has a preview of Windows Home Server, as well as an overview of what Microsoft's been showing at the CES. Also, Nathan Weinberg has screenshots and other updates from Bill Gates' keynote address.

Ooh, I almost forgot to mention that WHS runs on Windows Server 2003 R2, and that some features seem to be only for Vista PCs. Well, the concept itself is good, and hopefully non-patented, so here's to a more open alternative in a year or so. :-P