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[3]: It's a good idea...
by n4cer on Tue 9th Jan 2007 03:44 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: It's a good idea..."
n4cer
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2005-07-06

As for making it work better with Windows than competitive product, this would mean that MS would take advantage of certain hidden protocols or APIs, which would open it wide to another anti-trust lawsuit. There's no reason why a Linux/BSD device with Samba couldn't do just as good a job (for cheaper in license fees).

They don't need to take advantage of hidden APIs or protocols, just use APIs that are native to the Windows platform, like VSS.

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RE[4]: It's a good idea...
by archiesteel on Tue 9th Jan 2007 04:10 in reply to "RE[3]: It's a good idea..."
archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

They don't need to take advantage of hidden APIs or protocols, just use APIs that are native to the Windows platform, like VSS.

Yes, that's the point I was making. This doesn't give MS a competitive advantage. Serving files and providing other network services can be done by a competitor using FOSS software.

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RE[5]: It's a good idea...
by n4cer on Tue 9th Jan 2007 05:00 in reply to "RE[4]: It's a good idea..."
n4cer Member since:
2005-07-06

Yes, that's the point I was making. This doesn't give MS a competitive advantage. Serving files and providing other network services can be done by a competitor using FOSS software.

Functionality is only part of the solution. If they can't match usability and provide a packaged product that's easy to setup, and that people actually know is available, WHS still wins.

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RE[5]: It's a good idea...
by Rayz on Tue 9th Jan 2007 10:50 in reply to "RE[4]: It's a good idea..."
Rayz Member since:
2006-06-24

Using the APis is less than half the story; FOSS still has to come up with an easy to use system that covers the same functionality.

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