The Windows Team has announced the next version of Windows Home Server, code name “Vail” has now been launched into beta. Everyone can download the public beta (English only) here from the Microsoft Connect website.
The top four things that are new in Vail are an extended ability to stream media outside the home/home office, multi-PC backup and restore, simplified setup and user experience, and expanded development and customization tools.
However, the most important new “feature” is the fact that Vail is only going to be a 64-bit OS. No 32-bit version will be released.
To run the beta, you’ll need a 64-bit system with a 1.4 GHz x64 processor, 1 GB RAM, and at least one160 GB hard drive.
To see a demo of Vail in action, check out the YouTube video here.