CES Wrap-Up: Impact Products for the Connected Home

Microsoft is increasingly serious about the residential hardware and software market. Bill Gates announced in his keynote that the company will be introducing a home server software package later this year that will run HP’s MediaSmart Server. Windows Home Server will automatically backup multiple home PCs and allow remote access to files and applications via a DDNS (dynamic DNS service) that HP will provide. This means that you will easily and securely be able to access your home’s files through an Internet-connected device anywhere in the world. In addition, the Windows Media Connect feature will allow the home server to stream TV shows, movies, photos, and music to PCs and XBOX 360s on the home network (not remotely, however, at this time).

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