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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RE[2]: n4cer
by n4cer on Tue 9th Jan 2007 02:35 UTC in reply to "RE: n4cer"
n4cer
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Because he has this undying belief that MS will provide a simple data storage/conectivity centre for the home that will be bullet proof and never need updating or management utilities. Much unlike any other product that Microsoft has released onto the market.

I actually believe it will require updating and management, but most of this will happen automatically via Windows/Microsoft Update. And of course, you can add storage as necessary, and it's much easier to slide in a hotpluggable drive bay than it is to deal with internal storage on multiple PCs.

Computing can deliver such a device but Microsoft can not.

Computing can't deliver such a device because technology changes, and the device would need to be updated at some point no matter who made it. Part of the value of WHS is that it can be updated to improve how it works and what it offers, and maintain compatibility as your client devices change.

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