A server for your home

by Shijaz Abdulla on 09.12.2007 at 07:03

Catchy title isn’t it?

Yes, a server for your home! Microsoft has come up with Windows Home Server, which is a server operating system for the home. If you have multiple PC’s at home, this is an excellent way of organizing and sharing digitial stuff like photos, audio and video.

Some of the cool features:

  • Your family’s digital memories and media organized in one central hub
  • Home PCs backed up daily, automatically
  • Simple recovery of lost files or even entire PCs
  • Complete access from networked PCs to all your Windows Home Server files
  • A personalized Web address for sharing your photos and home videos
  • Easy and quick setup
  • Expandable storage space for future use
  • Innovative third-party applications

The Microsoft-powered home thing is getting real. I remember Bill Gates’ vision – “A computer in every home“. What next? A server in every home?!

Now, If I were to make a wishlist of the things I need in my dream home, it would include

But of course, Wishlist is one thing, money is another 🙂

Microsoft TV: Coming Soon to Indian Homes

by Shijaz Abdulla on 25.11.2007 at 15:19

Microsoft and India’s Reliance Communications have signed a 500-million-dollar deal to launch India’s first high-definition Internet TV service.

Microsoft TV, known as Microsoft Mediaroom, the new IPTV service from Microsoft, will bring the world-class digital TV concept to homes in India. The service is expected to start early next year in 30 Indian cities.

About 71-million homes in India, a country of 1.1 billion people already have television sets, and 61 percent of them have pay TV, mainly through cable and satellite.

Reliance Communications owns and operates the world’s largest Internet connectivity infrastructure with 165,000 km of fibre-optic cable that spans India, the US and Europe! Reliance is also India’s second-largest telecom firm.

I recently read with interest the press release regarding this. Microsoft is penetrating homes!

Nokia phones to support Microsoft’s DRM technology

by Shijaz Abdulla on 07.08.2007 at 10:54

Unveiled in February at the 3GSM World Congress 2007, PlayReady technology is Microsoft’s new multimedia content access technology optimized to meet the needs of mobile operators and handset manufacturers for digital entertainment and commerce. The Digital Rights Management (DRM) software is applicable to a broad range of business models, such as subscription, rental, pay-per-view, preview and super-distribution and can be used with many types of digital content and a wide spectrum of audio and video formats. PlayReady supports an array of content, including music, games, video, ringtones and images.

Nokia, the world’s largest mobile phone maker, will add support of Microsoft’s latest copyright protection software, PlayReady digital rights management (DRM) technology, to its line of Nokia S60 and Series 40 mobile device platforms beginning in 2008, the two companies announced Monday. The move, according to Nokia, will enable content owners and service providers to deliver nearly any type of digital content in a flexible manner.

The difference between PlayReady and its predecessor WindowsMedia DRM 10 is that PlayReady allows content owners and service providers to offer premium digital content for a much larger installed base and enables more flexible business models, including renting content or accessing it offline. Consumers will see the difference, for example, with new functionality that would allow them to purchase content directly from their Nokia handset and transfer it to other designated devices, such as PCs or mobile devices.

Maybe someday Nokia phones will also come with Microsoft ActiveSync pre-installed. 😉