Microsoft and HP spent a lot of time and energy at the January 2007 Consumer Electronics Show getting people pumped up about their entry into the "home server" market. Microsoft handled the software end, extolling the wonders of its Windows Home Server (WHS), while the HP troops let people ooh and aah over the sexy design of its MediaSmart Server (MSS).
Well, as many of us learned from Christmases long past, anticipation is one thing, but reality is often quite another. And so it would seem for the MSS. I had the opportunity to spend a few weeks with the product back in August, having received a pre-production model in advance of a big September product launch.