Windows Server 2012 Essentials named successor
Microsoft's home-server operating system will not be refreshed after its current version. This according to the company's Windows Server 2012 Essentials frequently asked questions document (pdf), which confirmed that the company was folding the feature into other Windows software. The last version of Windows Home Server was released in March of 2011.
Public release expected soon
Microsoft has reportedly settled on the name Windows Home Server 2011 for the OS that has been referred to by the code-name 'Vail.' Recent reports suggest the software is nearing the end of beta development; the WHS team briefly slipped a Twitter post suggesting the final release candidate will be available soon on Connect.
Release Candidate said to be set for Thursday
Microsoft is reportedly nearing the end of beta development for its latest Windows Home Server software, which has been referred to by the code-name "Vail." The company's Windows Home Server team briefly published a Twitter post expressing excitement over the final release candidate, which will be "on connect soon."
HP abandons Windows Home Server for webOS
Microsoft was dealt a hit late Tuesday as HP confirmed that it was dropping Windows Home Server. The company will phase out its MediaSmart home servers at the end of 2010 and will switch to Palm's webOS for future devices. Microsoft was adamant that the exit had nothing to do with the upcoming Vail update dropping Drive Extender.
Ballmer will look intoDrive Extender deletion
In a follow-up to Microsoft's decision to remove the Drive Extender feature from its upcoming Windows Home Server software codenamed Vail, Steve Ballmer himself promised to look into the matter. Terry Walsh, a member of Microsoft's MVP Program and a proprietor of WeGotServed, prompted the response by writing to the CEO. Walsh represents a large community of Microsoft software users who are disappointed by Microsoft's decision to get rid of the promised feature.
Microsoft axes Drive Extender from Vail software
Microsoft this week warned that its upcoming revamp of Windows Home Server, known under its Vail codename, will no longer offer the promised Drive Extender feature. This was said to bring support for numerous internal and external hard drives and group them together into a single volume. The company argued that the wide access to and affordability of 1TB or larger drives made the feature less useful.
Latest betas improve cross-platform compatibility
Microsoft is currently testing an updated version of its Windows Home Server software. The latest edition, which carries the code-name Vail, overcomes many of the compatibility limitations of previous versions. Users will be able to manage Mac systems alongside Windows machines in homes that utilize both platforms.
Intel starts to ship 1.8GHz Atoms for NAS devices
Intel has introduced two new Atom processors for home media servers with the 1.8GHz single-core D425 and dual-core D525. Apart from the higher clock speeds, the new CPUs support DDR3 RAM to further boost performance. The new chips support Microsoft Windows Home Server and Linux.
Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 coming soon
Microsoft announced on Thursday it will soon release Power Pack 3 for Windows Home Server. The update is meant to improve the integration of Windows Home Server with Windows 7 and Windows Media Center by allowing backup and restore of Windows 7 comptuers, Windows 7 Libraries integration, new features in Media Center and added support for netbooks. Windows Home Server is meant for network-attached storage devices.
HP EX490 and EX495 Home Servers
In amidst its launches today, HP updated its MediaSmart Server line with an unusually strong emphasis on Mac support. Even as they're based on Windows Home Server, the EX490 and EX495 both can be administrated over the network using the current version of Microsoft's Remote Desktop Client for Mac. They can also be used directly to recover a Mac from a Time Machine backup created on the server and have a new media aggregator that automatically pools content from Macs and Windows PCs based on the media type, the individual computer or a given folder.
Lenovo Q110 Q700 D400
Lenovo this afternoon put an end to speculation and launched its IdeaCentre Q series of mini desktops as well as its first Windows Home Server. The Q110 is Lenovo's first home nettop and gets NVIDIA's Ion chipset, giving it enough power to decode 1080p in hardware as well as render reasonably modern 3D as well as accelerate some heavily optimized tasks like video encoding. Its other specs aren't known but involve HD video output and should be based on an Intel Atom chip at its $349 price.
Acer Aspire easyStore
Acer on Thursday contributed its own more frugal entry into the home server space within the US through the Aspire easyStore Home Server AH340. Similar to HP's MediaSmart LX195, the easyStore runs on a 1.6GHz Atom to manage traffic to and from the server without the cost overhead of other processors. Acer's larger design, however, affords it four 3.5-inch drive bays that can take as much as 8TB of storage if completely filled.
HP MediaSmart Server gets
HP has launched an updated home storage/media server with new Mac-specific functionality. Based on the Microsoft Windows Home Server platform, the HP MediaSmart Server ex485/ex487 functions as a central repository for digital music, videos, photos and documents from multiple computers on a home network. The device automatically organizes files across all PCs (including Macs), streams media across a home network and the Internet, and publishes photos to popular social networking and photo sharing sites.
HP ex485, ex487 servers
HP has announced the existence of two new server products, the ex485 and ex487 MediaSmart Servers. Unlike most such systems, the new ones are intended for home use, and are thus based on Microsoft's Windows Home Server technology. Each allows for the backup and storage of various media files on a home network, such as music and video, along with more general file types a user might need to access. A MediaSmart can also be used to share content online or via LAN.
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.