“Vail” Launchpad and Its Extensibility

Hi there! We are on to our second edition of Vail Engineering blogs, and this time we are talking about Launchpad – what it is, how it can be extended and why developers should care about it. I aso want to point out that we got pretty good response to Vail SDK with some of our…

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Introduction to Windows Home Server “Vail” SDK

Hi everyone! My name is Dileep and I am a Development lead with Windows Home Server team. It has been more than a week since we released the beta builds of the next version of Windows Home Server “Vail”, and we are very encouraged by the download and the feedback pouring in through connect. Thank…

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Windows Home Server Software Development Kit (SDK) adds Japanese Language Support

The momentum behind Windows Home Server add-ins continues to grow!  The Windows Home Server team is very pleased to announce the availability of the Japanese Software Development Kit (SDK).  The SDK provides developers with guidance, for example application programming interface (API) information, on how to create programs that integrate with the Windows Home Server Console. …

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Windows Home Server – Imaginations are unleashed with the Add-in Idea Challenge

Earlier this month, Terry Walsh at We Got Served announced the launch of a new Windows Home Server add-in competition.  Announcing the Windows Home Server Add-In Idea Challenge ‘09! With an interesting format, this competition should attract the attention of a broad group of Windows Home Server enthusiasts.  As opposed to actually developing the Windows…

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Windows Home Server – Visit us at Microsoft Tech-Ed North America

IT Professionals and Developers will be descending upon the Los Angeles Convention Center next week to learn about a broad set of current and upcoming Microsoft technologies, tools, platforms, and services. Photo: Tech-Ed 2008 Photo: HP MediaSmart LX195 Windows Home Server will have a booth presence in the Expo Hall.  This is a chance for…

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Windows Home Server – Now available on MSDN

A key benefit of Windows Home Server is the versatility and power it offers as a development platform.  Even when Windows Home Server software was still in the beta stage, we published a software development kit (SDK) so that 3rd party developers could develop interesting add-ins for the product.  See the original post, "Developers, Developers,…

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Home Server Checklist

I sometimes get asked the question:  “What is the difference between a home server and a network attached storage (NAS) device?”   First off, Microsoft is focused on the development of a feature rich and powerful home server software solution, where most NAS vendors are primarily hardware companies that throw in some software.   Secondly, I figured…

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"Consumer grade" add-ins

The Windows Home Server team is ecstatic about the number of add-ins that have been developed for Windows Home Server over the past year.   Check out the WeGotServed blog that has a more comprehensive list of all of the add-ins that are available for Windows Home Server. In reviewing a lot of the add-ins, I…

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New Windows Home Server MVPs

We added 3 new Windows Home Server MVPs to our family in early October.  Check out their sites and blogs to see their latest (and previous) contributions to the home server community. Alex Kuretz – The HP MediaSmart Server Enthusiast Community Donavon West – Home Server Hacks Sam Wood – Tentacle Blog  There are now…

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More on Windows Home Server and Live Mesh

Channel 10 posted another video with Mark, Brendan and Doug that showcases some of the future possibilities when pairing Windows Home Server with Windows Live Mesh.  Windows Home Server is already playing the role of the smart always-available hub in households around the world, but as a greater number of solutions provide new ways for…

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