Over the weekend, reports that Windows Home Server was now available for purchase from US retailers Buy.com and Newegg trickled in, and it looks like our initial pricing estimates were right on the money, with the former selling it for $178 and the latter for $190. A search for Windows Home Server's SKU of #CCQ-00015 shows that several other retailers have it in stock, and their pricing is also in line with our sub-$200 ballpark figure. With Windows Home Server first released in Australia and New Zealand, followed shortly with availability in Europe, the pre-tax dollar conversion agreed with our numbers.
For those preferring to do it themselves, the release of Windows Home Server OEM is the way to go, while others who prefer an all-in-one solution will likely opt for one of the preinstalled hardware offerings from launch partners like HP and Fujitsu. Microsoft makes a point of noting that its OEM versions are targeted towards "system builders," as it hopes that inexperienced users will instead purchase a ready-made solution, but interestingly enough, the OEM version of Windows Home Server comes with more than just the license code and the installation disk. The package also contains significantly more documentation than its XP or Vista counterparts, along with additional CDs to help with various Home Server management and installation tasks.
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