First Look at the WHS V2 Beta – Windows Home Server Vail!
Today the Windows Home Server Team Blog (don’t try typing that while holding your breath!) lifted the veil on ‘Vail’, the next version of Windows Home Server. Like all of Microsoft’s other server products, Windows Home Server Vail will be turning x64 only starting with this generation of the software, so for those of you with existing Intel Atom powered devices–sorry, you’re SOL. On the bright side, chances are that if you own a WHS device already, you’re a bit of a nerd and will be eager to drop the cash to upgrade your hardware along with your software. Thank goodness for Capitalism! And Chef Boyardee. They both warm our hearts and tummies!
Anyway, they’ve got a nice introductory video available on their blog site showing off some of the cool new features (streaming to devices outside the LAN and video transcoding ftw!), and the WHS Team would just love to have you test out the software, give them some feedback, and maybe help shape the final outcome of Windows Home Server’s snazzy new design, built from the ground up on the Windows 7/2008 R2 codebase.
Check out the video, and look for our impressions of the beta here in about a week! We’re hoping that Windows Home Server Vail turns out to be as good as it looks!