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December 29, 2006

What’s it all about, Quattro?

Posted by David Hunter at 10:50 AM ET.

Mary Jo Foley has the latest buzz on Microsoft’s rumored home server product:

Microsoft is definitely going to talk — at long last — about its plans for Windows Home Server (code-named “Quattro”) at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, according to my sources.

But what will this product be? That’s still murky. Will it be based on the Windows Server core? Or be some kind of Windows-Vista-based system? Or more of a package of Vista Ultimate plus some Media Center Extenders, plus a router? Will the Windows Home Server systems be AMD-based? Intel-based?

I’ve heard from a couple of folks that, contrary to initial belief, Windows Home Server will be a Vista-based system, not a Windows Server-based one.

Simplifying Windows server administration is probably a tougher nut than spiffing up Vista for a “light” server role, but it will be interesting to see what Microsoft can add that makes Quattro sufficiently better than ordinary workgroup (i.e. P2P) networking between client systems to justify whatever price point is chosen. It will also be interesting to see if the home server operating system can be purchased at retail or is only available via home server systems from hardware vendor partners.

Filed under CES07, Conferences, Microsoft, OS - Server, Windows Home Server

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One Response to “What’s it all about, Quattro?”

  1. Not much happening in Gates’s CES07 keynote -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Finally the rumored Windows Home Server (formerly codenamed Quattro) came to pass with Hewlett-Packard scheduled to be the first out of the gate to deliver one (HP MediaSmart Sever) in 2H2007. The details are rather sparse other than it sits on the customer’s home network and serves media files to Windows Media Connect supported devices as well as providing automated storage backup for the customer’s other client PCs. One novel note is that Microsoft will provide a free “personalized Internet address from Windows Live” so the data on the server can be accessed from anywhere, hopefully only by the owner. All this functionality can be purchased today, so it will be interesting to see the price points for the Home Servers when they reach the market. Filed under OS – Client, Windows Vista, Executives, Coopetition, Bill Gates, Xbox, Conferences, Technologies, Embedded, PC Games, Hardware, Windows Automotive, General Business, Service Providers, Microsoft TV, Media Connect, Public Relations, Windows Live, Robbie Bach, Marketing, HP, New Form Factors, Microsoft, IPTV, CES07, Ford, Windows Home Server [...]

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