Last year our Japanese subsidiary took the English version of Windows Home Server and packaged it up for the Japanese market. We here in Redmond were amazed at how well it has sold! This success in Japan encouraged us to build a Japanese language version of Windows Home Server and I’m excited to announce that today we’ve officially launched it!
From the song “Big In Japan” by Alphaville (I’m a slave to 80’s pop music):
Aah when you're big in Japan-tonight...
Big in Japan-be-tight...
Big in Japan... ooh the eastern sea's so blue
Big in Japan-alright,
Pay! -- Then I'll sleep by your side
Things are easy when you're big in Japan
Oh when you're big in Japan
The following Japanese companies have announced that they will be shipping Windows Home Server powered home servers or Windows Home Server related products in Japan: Epson, NEC, Mouse Computer Japan, Logitec, Thirdwave, Unitcom, Tsukumo, PDX Japan, Clevery, Regin, Applied, Sofmap, Sycom.
The launch event was held today (August 20) in Tokyo and included demos of the new Windows Home Server products from Epson, NEC, and Mouse Computer Japan. Here’s some links to a few of the new home servers now available in Japan:
· Epson Windows Home Server (shown below).
Terry over at We Got Served has some more deets on the Epson device here.
You can now buy Windows Home Servers in over 50 countries. It is available in English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified, Traditional, and Hong Kong), and Japanese. This broad availability coupled with the growing ecosystem of 3rd party products (including over 60 software Add-ins) that support Windows Home Server further demonstrates the great momentum we are enjoying.