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.