When last we left Microsoft's Windows Home Server software, it was off to manufacturing and we expected to see WHS-equipped hardware show up at our doorstep shortly thereafter. After a post on Microsoft's official Home Server blog, we get the company line as to why we haven't seen HP's MediaSmart Server yet. As follows:
"We've identified a number of ways to make the product even better since the initial release. As with most Microsoft products, updates to Windows Home Server will be automatically available throughout the lifecycle of the product, and the WHS team is working on an update that will be available in September. These updates will enhance the usability and improve the out-of-the-box experience of home server solutions. Additional updates will occur over the lifespan of the product as we receive feedback from the user community, our hardware partners, and software partners. Microsoft's current plan is to make this update available as part of the monthly Windows Updates process in September.
HP has decided to include these first software updates in their MediaSmart Server. Both HP and Microsoft believe that these updates are in the best interest of potential customers and will ensure the best out-of-the-box experience. All of our Windows Home Server partners and customers will automatically receive the update once posted to Windows Update."
The post doesn't mention the other Windows Home Server hardware partners, like Medion, Gateway, La Cie, and Velocity Micro. I assume they're all now weighing whether it's worth coming first to market against possible fallout from shipping with enough known issues to slow down a competitor. Any want to enlighten us as to the specific issues? Our experiences with a few WHS betas were fine, but then we didn't qualify our test bed to move 100,000 units.