Microsoft Tests Updates Windows Home Server; To Bring in Mac Support

August 17, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Microsoft has announced that they are testing an updated version of its home server product, which can now manage Macs in addition to Windows PCs. The home server code-named Vail has been announced along with the availability of a test version of its new Aurora small business server.

Windows Home Server is developed in a way that will help multi-computer homes to backup and manage their systems. The introduction of Mac support will be a great help for those who utilize both Mac and Windows platforms. Aurora, which is also getting Mac support, is designed to allow businesses to handle some tasks such as print server functions on a local server while also tapping into Microsoft’s hosted Web services for other tasks, such as e-mail. Among the features in the new test version of Vail are support for machines running Mac OS X Leopard or higher, remote Web access, support for add-ins, and alerts.

The Windows Home Server and Aurora can be downloaded via Microsoft’s connect site. But Microsoft has not said anything about the final versions of either Aurora or Vail.

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