"Vail" Windows Home Server 2011 Release to Manufacturing (RTM)

Microsoft has released to manufacturing its Windows Home Server 2011 product, codenamed "Vail," company officials said on March 29."Vail" -- a.k.a. Windows Home Server 2011 -- is Microsoft's home server. Microsoft delivered the Release Candidate of Vail in February 2011.TechNet and MSDN subscribers will be able to download the final WHS 2011 bits in early […]

Microsoft has released to manufacturing its Windows Home Server 2011 product, codenamed "Vail," company officials said on March 29.

"Vail" -- a.k.a. Windows Home Server 2011 -- is Microsoft's home server. Microsoft delivered the Release Candidate of Vail in February 2011.

TechNet and MSDN subscribers will be able to download the final WHS 2011 bits in early April, the same time as an evaluation version will be made available, according to a Microsoft Windows Home Server Team blog post. OEMs are building new form factors incorporating WHS 2011 that will be in the market starting in May, officials added.

Below is product release cycle guidance:

  • When'll OEM's offer WHS 2011?Many OEM's and System Builders have already started building specific form factors and solutions based on WHS 2011. We expect to start seeing them in the market starting May.
  • What languages is WHS 2011 available in? WHS 2011 will be released in 19 languages including Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional, Taiwan), Chinese (Hong Kong), Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish.
  • When'll the Evaluation for WHS 2011 be made available? The evaluation experience for WHS 2011 will be released in early April.
  • When'll I be able to download WHS 2011 via my TechNet or MSDN subscription? WHS 2011 will be made available on MSDN and TechNet also in early April.
  • What's the difference between V1 of WHS and WHS 2011? You can learn more about differences in comparison datasheet.