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]