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Windows Home Server to get Time Machine UI?

updated 02:00 pm EDT, Mon September 8, 2008

Windows Home Server

Microsoft's next Windows Home Server may share some design cues from Mac OS X, a job posting by the company reveals. The firm is searching for a software engineer that would design a "slick" user interface for the networked media storage hub, with examples of the intended changes coming from other software. The device will ideally have a visual restore tool similar to Mac OS X Leopard's Time Machine; it should also integrate tightly with Microsoft's own Windows Media Center and Live Mesh interfaces.

The hiring page doesn't provide further clues as to the operating system itself but is careful to explain that the company is still in the early planning stages for the new Home Server update. Microsoft has to date gone without a direct, time-based system for backing up and restoring content on any of its operating systems, instead relying on versioning for individual files and folders in Windows Vista. [via iStartedSomething]

By Electronista Staff


  1. phillymjs

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    Joined: Jun 2000



    You keep using that word, Microsoft. I do not think it means what you think it means.

  1. climacs

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    Joined: Sep 2001



    it's kind of hard to laugh about it anymore... it's not like there is anything remarkable any longer about Microsuck copying whatever Apple does.

  1. rvhernandez

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    No Shame

    Wow! Those guys have no shame? Can't they come up with any new ideas on their own? I guess not!

    MS has always been about copying ideas...
    Basic, DOS, Windows, Word, Excel... the list is too long!

  1. jpellino

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    ummm... noooo...

    They would not get a Time Machine UI. They would get an unforgivable copy of it, for which i hope they stay in court for many year$.

  1. bobolicious

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    Joined: Aug 2002


    One might argue... restore points is a feature long missing in a 'damn the torpedoes' mac install regimen, although the gui would seem a rather blatant overture to our favourite fruit 'look & feel'...

  1. jarod

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    The problem is worse

    The problem is bigger than that. Microshit is s*** and we all know that. The bigger problem is that morons out there that use it will actually think Microdump came up with it. See Microshit caters to the ignorant scum of the planet; and trust me, they are the majority.

  1. chas_m



    Well ...

    ... at least these days we've gotten them to frankly ADMIT that they're copying the Mac. Just this week alone, they've decided that having "gurus" around might help people, and now they've figured out that
    "selective restoration" from backups might benefit from an attractive, easy-to-follow GUI!

    You watch -- for their next trick, they're going to "innovate" the Start button into a kind of multifunction "launch bar" that's visually oriented and sits across the bottom of the screen ... they'll probably call it "the harbor" ...

  1. Flying Meat

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    Joined: Jan 2007


    Will Target Drive Mode,

    or Migration Wizard with application support be far off?

  1. Dez

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    Joined: Jul 2002



    Didn't Apple patent the TM UI?

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