One Household at a Time

When we started formulating ideas for solving the problems for households with multiple PCs and a broadband connection, we focused on the development of solutions that solved problems one household at a time, instead of a single PC at a time.  And based on the customer research, multiple usability tests, and some “gut feel” decisions, we…

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Home Server History

Mary Jo Foley, queen of the Microsoft watchers, posted two stories on ZDNET today about the development history of Home Server, based on a conversation she had with Charlie Kindel.   Charlie is the general manager overseeing Home Server and has been a guiding light for the product inside the company.  As Mary Jo recounts, he had been…

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Lots of E-mail, so let’s talk about E-mail

Thanks for all of the great comments and e-mails over the last few days – it is hard to know where to start in answering all of the questions.  But, since this one often gets asked by 1 or more people …. “Why don’t you put Exchange in Windows Home Server?” There are a lot…

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The Market Speaks

Hi all…Joel Sider here.  I manage PR (Public Relations) for Home Server.  It’s great to see the blog getting going with visitors and comments.  One of the most exciting things about “unveiling” Home Server at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) last month was the response that began pouring in from potential customers.  The team had done the market…

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Target Market for Windows Home Server

When we set out to prove a business case for building Windows Home Server we scoured all of the existing secondary research data and decided to focus on households with a broadband connection with 2 or more “active” PCs that are sharing the internet connection.  Back during the initial planning stages for the product in mid-2005, we…

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Welcome to the Windows Home Server Blog

My name is Todd Headrick and I am the product planner for the Microsoft Windows Home Server.  I have been working on this product for a few years now, and I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge about Home Server here on this blog. The Windows Home Server team is eager to share news, insights and information about our…

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