Microsoft Home Server--Not So Fast

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on August 31, 2007

UPDATE—This product is now shipping. Watch for a review of the HP MediaSmart Home Server in an upcoming issue of BusinessWeek, or on the TechMaven page.

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Folks waiting for Microsoft’s much anticipated windows Home Server are going to have to wait a while longer.

Engadget reported today that Hewlett Packard was delaying shipment of its MediaSmart Home server for “70 to 100 days” because Microsoft wants to do additional work on the software.

HP confirmed the delay today, without being specific about the timing. A spokesperson for HP’s Personal Systems Group says: “HP has decided to take advantage of the usability enhancements that Microsoft will release for Windows Home Server…. While both the hardware and software are great products as they now stand, the enhancements Microsoft is planning will improve the out-of-box experience and enable all consumers, even those who are not very tech-savvy, to have a satisfying experience with the product.

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Reader Comments

Jonny Shaw

September 2, 2007 09:41 PM

Generally Apple's policy is that you get the OS that came on your computer. If you bought it with OS X 10.4 the day before 10.5 is released, you have to pay to upgrade. 10.4 (current) is still an amazing system and in many ways is superior to Vista but that debate rages always. That said, it is important to note that while most documents will be cross platform savvy, there are features between systems that can raise some problems, most commonly if you are a pretty advanced user. Some typefaces won't transfer back and forth, some file types that can be linked to or imported into office can be problematic.

Another note is that Apple's new iWork suite is better at opening and sharing the new MS Office files than Office mac. It's only $79 and may be great for sharing spreadsheets as needed. Still be aware of the devil in the details. Some things will work great, other things not so great. Another option could be using VMware or Parallels to run windows apps natively directly on the Mac. (You can do windows on a Mac, but you can't do Mac on ANYTHING but a Mac)

I've used Mac forever and generally would suggest also it IS the way to go for graphics anything along with most common computing tasks. I even have old macs that are still fast and reliable running OS X. I use Painter and a Wacom and doubt you'll get acceptable performance from anything but a Mac.

Paul

November 30, 2007 03:36 PM

Hmm seems JOhnny cant read.
The article is about a MS product, and he is talking about something totally different.


Sheesh, both pc & mac's have idiots.

Signed;
PC & Mac user forever.

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