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HP Dumps Microsoft’s “Vail” Windows Home Server, Retiring MediaSmart Server to Focus on webOS

HP has ditched Microsoft’s Windows Home Server operating system, codenamed “Vail”, just days after the Redmond software giant killed a popular feature “Drive Extender” in the product, which supports multiple internal and external hard drives.

However, Microsoft insists that HP’s decision to retire its MediaSmart Server line, which includes WHS in the line-up, had nothing to do with Microsoft’s plan to remove its popular Drive Extender feature from Vail.

“HP has told us they don’t plan to provide a platform for WHS code name “Vail”. HP has told us they’ll continue to sell the existing version of MediaSmart Server through the end of 2010 and will honour service and support agreements.

Microsoft continues to work on delivering “Vail” to our customers. We’re working very closely with our partners such as Acer, Tranquil and many System Builders to bring the best solution to market,” said Microsoft yesterday.

Microsoft will spin out a new beta of Vail — minus its Drive Extender tech — early next year. The final code won’t be released, meanwhile, until the first half of 2011.


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