Monday, April 26, 2010

Windows Home Server “Vail” Beta Now Available from Microsoft

If you’re interested in trying out the next version of Microsoft Windows Home Server (Codenamed “Vail”) you can hop on over to the Microsoft Connect web site to sign up to test it. Here’s more from the official Windows Blog:

Many of you may already know that Microsoft has been hard at work on the next version of Windows Home Server. We are excited to announce today that the beta of this next version (code name “Vail”) is now available. We invite everyone to check it out by downloading the software from the Microsoft Connect site. (English language builds are available now). We are releasing this Vail beta with one express goal: to solicit your feedback!

So what’s new and exciting in this next version? Although we’re still in the midst of development work (and things may change), we can say that Vail includes feature improvements in four key areas:

  • Extending media streaming outside the home or office
  • Multi-PC backup and restore
  • Simplified setup and user experience
  • Expanded development and customization tools for partners

Check out a short demo of some of the new features here.

There’s also a video up on the Windows Blog which discusses a couple of the UI features (video credit goes to Microsoft):



I’m currently downloading the current build, it takes a while and sometimes konks out on me, but when I do get it downloaded I’ll try to write something up about it, if not, I’ll at least post a couple of screenshots.



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