Microsoft Announces Windows Home Server

Windows Home Server has finally been unleashed by Microsoft that helps small to medium size businesses while accessible remotely through the Web.

The first servers running the new platform are available for pre-order and comes with the HP MediaSmart Server to ship this month. Microsoft said Home Server will open an entire new category of products for the consumer.

Microsoft has more than 100,000 people participating in its Windows Home Server beta and testing the backup and protective data functions of the new product. While Home Server offers new opportunities for Microsoft to expand channel partners with, the product is for small businesses for one or a few people.

Additionally, there are scenarios where Home Server could play a role within a Small Business Server-based environment, such as using it specifically to back up an executive’s data. It offers an opportunity for channel partners to change the direction of their businesses and Microsoft said it has seen a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for the product.

The software giant defines its new Windows Home Server as a stay-at-home business that offers the benefits of modern server technology in a simple, easy-to-use platform for the home.

The Windows Home Server software is available for $200 or less.