Windows Home Server Power Pack Announced

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A new update for Windows Home Server was announced last night at CES. The update, called Power Pack 1 (formerly code named UR1) will ship in the first half of 2008 and hit servers via Windows Update. This update will include new Home Server connector software (this is the systray app that connects your computer to the Home Server), and the ability to backup your Home Server (for offsite storage for example), and several other new features.  

Todd Headrick from the Home Server team invited us over to see all the new features and talk a little bit about Home Server. We'll connect with that team again while we're here and check out some of the Home Server hardware.

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    USArcher

    For me, this has been the best Microsoft announcement out of CES sofar.  I love the cadence the WHS Team has in delivering updates/features.  I'm still waiting on news on Vista Ultimate Extras.  The reason is that I have a WHS and love it but unable to use the remote desktop capability because I'm using Vista Premium on our home computers.  I don't want to spend $179/PC just for remote access.  So unfortunately, I'll have wait until there is a more compelling Ultimate Extra.  The only thing that I can imagine so compelling, would be a Media Extender client so I can streaming content from one centralized/configured Media Center PC to other PCs and extenders.  Also looking forward to learn if there are any other car manfacturers looking to adopt Microsoft Auto.  And lastly, hope to hear some news about playing Zune purchased content on Windows Mobile.

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    USArcher

    For me, this has been the best Microsoft announcement out of CES sofar.  I love the cadence the WHS Team has in delivering updates/features.  I'm still waiting on news on Vista Ultimate Extras.  The reason is that I have a WHS and love it but unable to use the remote desktop capability because I'm using Vista Premium on our home computers.  I don't want to spend $179/PC just for remote access.  So unfortunately, I'll have wait until there is a more compelling Ultimate Extra.  The only thing that I can imagine so compelling, would be a Media Extender client so I can streaming content from one centralized/configured Media Center PC to other PCs and extenders.  Also looking forward to learn if there are any other car manfacturers looking to adopt Microsoft Auto.  And lastly, hope to hear some news about playing Zune purchased content on Windows Mobile.

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