After quite a healthy run, Microsoft is putting Windows Home Server to rest.
They are moving the features from the popular Operating System into Windows Server 2012 Essentials.
The statement from Microsoft:
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.
Microsoft did acknowledge the useful role that WHS has played in shaping some pivotal features for Windows 8.
“Going forward, whilst there may no longer be a dedicated Windows Home Server product, much of the platform’s intent has been subsumed into Windows 8 development. On the client side, improvements in backup and restore and new storage pooling functionality via Storage Spaces owe much to Windows Home Server – in spirit, if not in architecture.”
A lot of small businesses used Windows Home Server so it’s going to be interesting to see how they respond to being forced to move to a version of Windows Server 2012.