Windows Home Server hits manufacturing

Microsoft has shipped off the first version of its Windows Home Server operating system to manufacturing, according to a report by Ars Technica. The site says major Microsoft partners will be getting final code for the operating system in the coming weeks, and that Windows Home Server-based, er, servers should roll out in September. We know HP, Gateway, LaCie, and Medion have all announced servers based on the upcoming OS, and Ars says Fujitsu-Siemens and Iomega are also on the Windows Home Server bandwagon.

Users won't need to buy a pre-built server to get the OS, though. Some retailers will offer "OEM bundles" that'll include Windows Home Server along with a piece of hardware like a hard drive, motherboard, or just a cable. The shrink-wrapped "OEM" version of the OS will be available in about two months, Ars says.

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