Microsoft announced "Launchpad," a light weight and extensible client-based user interface built for Vail. Launchpad serves following purposes: It's an entry point for day-to-day tasks related to WHs from client PCs; It eiminates the need for matching usernames & passwords setup between server and client, and eliminates password sync dialogs; It provides a logical & centralized location where all home server related tasks are exposed, resulting in much better awareness of home server and its capabilities; It allows everyone in household to have visibility to developers' add-ins, than just home server administrators.
When to extend Launchpad and when not to:
You extend Launchpad when…You've task or resource/UI that you expect everyone in household to access/ use. Eg: Backup my PC, access shared folders etc…task ISN'T related to management or administration of Server. You DON'T need Administrator privileges on server to do task.
You extend Dashboard when…You've task or resource/UI that you expect only head of household (home Admin – typically person who sets up Home Server) to access/use. Eg: Add a hard drive, create user account etc..task IS related to management or administration of Server, and not a day-to-day one. You DO need Administrator privileges on server to do task.