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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You need this - the man says
by gonzalo on Tue 9th Jan 2007 12:22 UTC
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But I wonder... Do I?

Say I have 5+ computer's at home. Most probably I'm somewhat geeky and have my own solution for a home server... and it probably isn't Windows based.

Or it may be I've got 2-3 computers under my roof. Maybe it's mine, my partner's and the kids'. Maybe it's mine and my brother's. Or I'm sharing an appartment with a couple other students and we have each our own. Most of the time, we won't want a home server. I do not, ever, trust what my roommates may have in their machines. Much less what the kids do. I gave them their own computer so that they wouldn't touch my stuff.
Sure, we all share our internet connection, but that's it.

Perhaps there's only one box at home, you know "the computer", which is still pretty common. I'm certainly not going to buy a home server.

No, I'm not saying no-one would want this. There's, as has been said, the guy who wants to set up a multimedia hub (but would probably be better off with other solutions which do exist already and are cheaper), or that couple who work at home together each with their own machine (though they probably use Macs but that's another story). Yes, there may be a market for something like this.... but yes, it is quite limited.

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