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[7]: Market?
by Bit_Rapist on Tue 9th Jan 2007 03:14 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Market?"
Bit_Rapist
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2005-11-13

I re-iterate: I see no need for "Joe Average" to have a "home server".

At one time certain execs at HP thought there was no need for the average person at home to even have a computer. We all see how accurate that one turned out to be!

Joe User already has a server at home, a lot of people are sharing out music and videos over their home LAN using shared folders etc.

The fact that routers have become common place in the home shows that joe user is capable of learning and connecting the dots when the package is fairly straightforward.

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RE[8]: Market?
by Coxy on Tue 9th Jan 2007 11:16 in reply to "RE[7]: Market?"
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2006-07-01

What planet have you been living on? Routers are not common place. Maybe in American Sitcoms where everyone no matter what his job is (be a Street Cleaner or Mechanic) has a three storey House with seven bed rooms and PC's in every children's room from the age of two years old.

Some people who aren't geeks actually do things with their friends and family. Like, go out, talk, cook (meaning to really cook something not having an instant ready meal or sauce). They don't use Playstations or let their children use them... I'm sure even in the US Bill g can find some people like that.

Bill has obviously never lived in the real world... probably stuck in his huge house to afraid to go out because of rogue pies... and has seen to much Tv and thought that's how people really live. Or maybe he just spent to long reading comments from girlfriendless, childless posters on interne forums who assume that parents will want to let their children sit in front of computers, g

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RE[9]: Market?
by Bit_Rapist on Tue 9th Jan 2007 14:45 in reply to "RE[8]: Market?"
Bit_Rapist Member since:
2005-11-13

What planet have you been living on? Routers are not common place.

I can go into walmart and buy a linksys WRT54G - That makes em' pretty common place in my book.

Maybe in American Sitcoms where everyone no matter what his job is (be a Street Cleaner or Mechanic)

Maybe its just america in general because the street cleaners and mechanics I know DO have multiple computers in their homes.

Some people who aren't geeks actually do things with their friends and family. Like, go out, talk, cook (meaning to really cook something not having an instant ready meal or sauce). They don't use Playstations or let their children use them... I'm sure even in the US Bill g can find some people like that.

Some people who are geeks do the same things, its a mute point.

People without playstations and multiple computers are obviously NOT the market MS is shooting for.

I'm sure there are plenty of homeless people who don't even own a computer on the streets, should I automatically assume there is no market for this device based on this sad truth?

I know people right now, that if the device is easy to setup and use (I've got my doubts on that one) would fit the target market for something like this.

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RE[8]: Market?
by Coxy on Tue 9th Jan 2007 11:18 in reply to "RE[7]: Market?"
Coxy Member since:
2006-07-01

What planet have you been living on? Routers are not common place. Maybe in American Sitcoms where everyone no matter what his job is (be a Street Cleaner or Mechanic) has a three storey House with seven bed rooms and PC's in every children's room from the age of two years old.

Some people who aren't geeks actually do things with their friends and family. Like, go out, talk, cook (meaning to really cook something not having an instant ready meal or sauce). They don't use Playstations or let their children use them... I'm sure even in the US Bill g can find some people like that.

Bill has obviously never lived in the real world... probably stuck in his huge house to afraid to go out because of rogue pies... and has seen to much Tv and thought that's how people really live. Or maybe he just spent to long reading comments from girlfriendless, childless posters on internet forums who assume that parents will want to let their children sit in front of computers all day gaming

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RE[9]: Market?
by archiesteel on Tue 9th Jan 2007 14:59 in reply to "RE[8]: Market?"
archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

What planet have you been living on? Routers are not common place.

Actually, they are increasinly common. Don't forget that every new laptop sold comes with WiFi now, and many people who buy them also get a wireless router for home.

Of course, if you look at the entire population it's still a small percentage, but routers are no longer strictly geek territory. You should see the amount they sell at Future Shop during the holiday season...

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