If you’re like me, your digital photos, music, and video are starting to overwhelm you. Hewlett-Packard hopes to help multimedia enthusiasts manage their digital lives with its new MediaSmart Home Server. This handy piece of hardware is a massive storage device intended to serve the average PC household as a digital hub. It’s meant to connect Windows-based PCs in a seamless network that requires little effort or expertise to configure and manage.
The brains behind the MediaSmart Home Server is Microsoft’s Windows Home Server operating system–a variant of Windows Server 2003. But HP has customized the Microsoft OS with a set of unique multimedia applications and management utilities designed to get even more out of the server.
Microsoft has worked with HP and nearly a dozen other hardware partners to build home servers under various brands. HP has said that it intends to be the first major hardware manufacturer to bring a Windows Home Server-based device to market. I’ve been testing a preproduction version of its MediaSmart Home Server for several weeks.
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