Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th Jan 2007 23:34 UTC
Windows As part of his keynote address on Sunday at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, Gates showed off Windows Home Server (more info at Ars) - a consumer device to serve as a central storage place for digital photos, music and other media. The first products are due out later this year from HP and others. The goal is to get devices that can cost less than USD 500. In the first of a two-part interview, Microsoft's chairman talks about why the average person wants a server, why they won't need a degree in computer science to run it and what hurdles remain before consumers reach the true digital home.
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Reading the Ars summary, they've really got some excellent ideas. Apple needs to make a similar box. I totally love the idea of syncing files(no, .Mac doesn't count for syncing gigs across machines), account info and backup.

One can certainly homegrow some of this, but it's that last 10% that kills you...

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