Microsoft has approved a release version of Windows Home Server 2011 which will soon be distributed to hardware vendors. The first systems are expected to reach the market in May.
Microsoft said that evalutation versions of the software should be posted early next month, as will versions available for the TechNet and MSDN subscription networks.
"Affordable and easy to use, Windows Home Server 2011 is the ideal solution to help families keep their important digital files and data automatically backed up, organised and accessible from virtually anywhere," the company said in a post to the Windows Home Server blog.
Intended for consumer and home office use, Microsoft released the Windows Home Server platform in 2007 with hopes of harnessing the growing digital libraries of home users.
Since then, the platform has fallen short of expectations, failing to gain a major foothold in the market.
"Obviously there has been a trend away from that type of product," said Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis for NPD Group.
Baker told V3.co.uk that a number of factors, including the rise in streaming media and cloud services, may have caused Microsoft to shift attention away from making a major push with the platform.
"I don't think it is a big part of their strategy. If it was they would have done something already," said Baker.
"They think it is interesting and they want to support the people that are out there, but in general they have shown that this is not a high-level project going forward."
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