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Free downloads for Safer Internet Day

February 8th, 2011 Comments off

This year Microsoft supports Safer Internet Day by offering
free events, research, and downloads to help parents, educators, and caregivers
better understand kids and the video games that they play. To see Microsoft’s
latest online gaming research, visit Safer Internet Day 2011.

Free downloads: Learn
more about online gaming

  • “Play It Safe When Gaming Online” consumer
    brochure – XPS | PDF

  • “Microsoft Tools Help Keep Families Safer
    Online” consumer brochure – XPS | PDF

  • Get Game Smart Family PACT (a printable
    agreement to make it easier for parents and kids agree on media choices) – PDF
  • Xbox 360/Kinect Safer Family Gaming Guide – XPS | PDF 

For more information: Safer Internet Day: It’s More than a Game, it’s Your Life.




New SoHO focused offering from HP using the Windows Home Server OS

September 29th, 2009 No comments

If you haven’t seen or read the announcement that we just posted, read more here: HP Announces New Line of SoHo-Focused DataVault Product Line.  

Harry Brelsford over at SMB Nation also chimed in on this announcement. SMB Debutante Ball: HP to “introduce” HP StorageWorks X500 Data Vault Series… The really cool part is HP will “debut” the HP StorageWorks X500 Data Vault at the SMB Nation Fall 2009 Conference (October 2-4, 2009, Las Vegas) which is coming up fast. I believe one of our SBS MVPs, Kevin Royalty will be jointly talking with HP about this exciting new offering at SMB Nation. So, if you want to go hit Las Vegas, there is still time to register.  As an added perk, a number of our Home Server, Small Business Server, and Essential Business Server team members, Jonas Svensson, Becky Ochs, Chuck Archer, to name a few will be down there too. Please swing by the Microsoft booth at SMB Nation and talk to us. We would love to hear from you.

 As you may know, we have talked about Windows Home Server in the SOHO space before, Windows Home Server – Can It Be a SOHO Solution?. You may also know that Kevin Royalty, has talked a lot about how he has been deploying Windows Home Server into his SBS customer’s environments for some time now. Alex Kuretz one of our Home Server MVPs just did a story on this. Using Windows Home Server in a Small Business.

 I can’t wait to get my hands on this new server. 

Have a great day!

 Kevin Beares
Community Lead – WSSG 


Windows Home Server will be at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans

July 8th, 2009 No comments

clip_image002It’s summer, so it’s time for the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC).  During this annual event, Microsoft and the Windows Server Solutions Group share strategies and visions for addressing the challenging economy, saving customers money, and helping partners and customers compete confidently. Senior leader keynotes include Steve Ballmer (Chief Executive clip_image004Officer) , Stephen Elop (President, Microsoft Business Division), Kevin Turner (Chief Operating Officer), Allison Watson (Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Partner Group), Bob Muglia (President, Server & Tools Division), Bob Kelly (Corporate Vice President, Server & Tools) and many other executives who will share their vision for the company and its partners.

The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference held July 13–16 in New Orleans, is an annual gathering where Microsoft Corp.’s partner community will network and build connections, share best practices, and learn new skills and techniques. 

If you are attending WPC, this is your chance to learn about all the Windows Server options for Small & Medium Businesses by attending our session CI003 Windows Server Portfolio for SMB: Which Server Is Best for Your Customer (and You!) on Monday afternoon at 3:30-4:30 in Room 255-257.

Also come by our Exposition Hall booth # 621 and you can enter to win one of clip_image0056 HP MediaSmart Server EX485 (ERP $599) Windows Home Servers and attend one of our two booth theater sessions.  The Windows Server for SMB booth theater sessions are Windows Essential Business Server 2008 and the free IT Network Health Scanner for SMB on July 16th from 12:30 – 12:50PM and the Windows SBS and Windows Home Server Client Backup on July 16th from 2:30 to 2:50PM. Simply drop your business card into the fishbowl on your way in the door or at the booth and we will choose one winner per day at the booth and one winner at each session. Sorry this Sweepstakes is only for event attendees, you must be present to enter.

Hopefully we’ll get to see many of you at WPC this year. The best part of this conference is the time we spend with our partners and we are looking forward to meeting with as many of you as we can. Please use the WPC Connect to create a meeting request to request a specific meeting or simply drop by the booth to meet the Windows Server for SMB team including: Dean Paron, Eric Watson, Eric Kidd, Russ Madlener, Nick King, Leslie McGuire, Katharine Pike, Becky Lymberis, Vikram Ghosh, Cecile Charlot, Jonas Svensson, Kannan Iyer, Murali Sangubhatia, Sean Daniel, Lingan Satkunanathan, Cassie Hicks, Eduardo Melo, Brijesh Ramachandran, David Fabritius, Moira Whidby and Brent Reeser.

For those of you who are unable to join us in New Orleans next week, we’ve created new social networking assets so feel free to follow WPC virtually on our team blog, Facebook or Twitter.

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Windows Home Server – Report from Computex 2009

June 8th, 2009 No comments

For those of you that have been reading this blog for a while, you may remember Dispatch from Computex Taipei (Posted: Tuesday, June 03, 2008).  Last year was the Windows Home Server team’s first time attending Computex. 

Fast forward one year.  Microsoft had a major presence at Computex last week which included a large booth, broad marketing & PR activities, and a June 3 keynote in the main convention auditorium.  One of the significant announcements was the October 22nd General Availability date for Windows 7.

For the Windows Home Server team, Computex was an important opportunity to meet with existing and prospective hardware manufacturers.  We also strove to increase industry awareness.  Over 14,000 international buyers and attendees visited the Microsoft booth! 


Our team in Taipei organized a terrific event presence.  In the Microsoft booth, there was a section dedicated to Windows Home Server.  On the main stage there was a 25-minute demonstration that featured: Easy setup, protecting PCs and files, easy storage expansion, smart storage management, media streaming, and home surveillance. 

We were really pleased to unveil the D-Link ViewCam add-in for Windows Home Server, which allows control of a wide range of D-Link’s IP cameras from the Windows Home Server Console.  Also notable, each scenario was demonstrated using a netbook as the interface and playback device for Windows Home Server.

Of course no booth would be complete without a "muscle beach" of cool hardware.  Acer, Foxconn, Lenovo, and VIA hardware designs were showcased in the booth.  For those of you seeing the Lenovo model for the first time, it is currently only available in China. 


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Acer Aspire easyStore H340

Lenovo IdeaCentre Q500

VIA NSD 7800


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

May 7th, 2009 No comments

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.

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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 Tech-Ed attendees to get a hands-on experience with the latest Windows Home Server software and chat with members of the team.  We’ll be featuring the HP MediaSmart EX487 and, the newest addition to the family, the HP MediaSmart LX195. 

If you know somebody who will be at the event, please send them our way.  If you will be there yourself, please drop by the Windows Home Server booth.


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