Today Microsoft announced their Windows Server 2012 line up, and one server noticeably missing is Windows Home Server!
This little piece of news is something that we MVP’s have known about for some time but because of NDA’s haven’t been able to say anything.
This is one of a few reasons why we changed the name of this site from Using Windows Home Server to Connected Digital World!
So if you want similar functionality to Windows Home Server in a 2012 Server product then you will be looking for Windows Server 2012 Essentials, which will cost you around $425! So that’s quite a price hike from Windows Home Server 2011!
Some additional information could be found in the Windows Server 2012 Essentials FAQ:
Q: Will there be a next version of Windows Home Server?
A: No. Windows Home Server has seen its greatest success in small office/home office (SOHO) environments and among the technology enthusiast community. For this reason, Microsoft is combining the features that were previously only found in Windows Home Server, such as support for DLNA-compliant devices and media streaming, into Windows Server 2012 Essentials and focusing our efforts into making Windows Server 2012 Essentials the ideal first server operating system for both small business and home use—offering an intuitive administration experience, elastic and resilient storage features with Storage Spaces, and robust data protection for the server and client computers.
Q: How long will customers be able to purchase Windows Home Server 2011?
A: Windows Home Server 2011 will remain available as an OEM embedded product until December 31, 2025, and will remain available in all other current channels until December 31, 2013.
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If you want to read the full line-up of Windows Server 2012 products, click here.