Microsoft has today ditched Windows Home Server while simultaneously unveiling four new editions for Windows Server 2012. The four editions, which are aimed towards different types of businesses and enterprise, consist of Standard, Datacenter, Essentials, and Foundation.

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Microsoft has just released Windows Home Server 2011 to its MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Both TechNet Plus and MSDN subscribers can now evaluate Windows Home Server without any time limits what’s so ever.

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Microsoft today has announced and released the first public preview version of the next Windows Home Server code name “Vail”. Unlike the previous which was based on WS2003 code, this new version of WHS is based on Windows Server 2008 R2.

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The next version of Windows Home Server codename “Vail” has been leaked online. This version of WHS is based on Windows Server 2008 R2, unlike the previous version which was based on WS2003 code. As a result, UI has got a significant facelift and it now looks more or less like Windows 7 because of the “Desktop Experience” of WS2008R2, which is installed and enabled by default on WHS “Vail”.

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As was expected, the final version of Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 (PP3) is now available as a free download via Windows Update for systems running Windows Home Server. For those of you who don’t know, Windows Home Server is a server operating system from Microsoft which is specifically designed for home use. It was intended to help families with multiple connected PCs by providing: file sharing, maintaining automated backups (photos, videos, music, documents) plus remote access.

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Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 Beta was released last week and it brought much needed and improved Media Center integration with Windows Home Server alongside other features which improves its experience with Windows 7. Power Pack 2 added the functionality of making it easier to access content stored on a Home Server from a Media Center PC, Power Pack 3 takes it a step further.

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Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 (PP3) Beta was announced today on the official WHS Team Blog and is now available for download from Microsoft Connect.
Windows Home Server is a server operating system from Microsoft specifically designed for home use. It was intended to help families with multiple connected PCs by providing: file sharing, maintaining automated backups (photos, videos, music, documents) plus remote access.

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Last month, HP announced a new software update for their popular MediaSmart line of Servers. The 2.5 update improves on existing HP MediaSmart Server features, making them even more robust. Additionally, new features were added to make music, photos, and videos more mobile than ever before.

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Starting with Windows Home Server Power Pack 2, Microsoft has finally enabled Windows Home Server to properly recognize machines running Windows 7, the upcoming OS from Microsoft.

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We are announcing the availability of Windows Home Server as a part of TechNet Plus and MSDN subscription downloads. Both TechNet Plus and MSDN subscribers can now evaluate Windows Home Server without any time limits what’s so ever.

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We did a comprehensive review of Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 when it was released back in August 2008. Not surprisingly, there is no major change since Beta 2. I did some testing of RC1 bits installed on Windows Vista Ultimate (x86) and my own impressions are that IE8 is indeed generally faster than Beta 2.

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Windows Home Server is one of the most under rated product of Microsoft which has got great potential for homes with multiple-connected computers. Based on Windows Server 2003 codebase, Windows Home Server is intended to be a solution for homes with multiple connected PCs which offers file sharing, automated backups, and remote access.

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