Zheng spotted a good one last week, finding
a job posting that implies several things about Windows Home Server v2
including “Time Machine compete UI for backup and restore, Windows Media Center
integration UI, Live Mesh integration UI etc..”
Windows Media Center integration UI is clearly the part of
it that I’m going to focus on, however I think this might end up being the
opposite of what most people think (and want) it to be. Mainly, “Windows Media Center integration UI”
doesn’t have to mean “Windows Media Center UI integration.” The placement of UI in the sentence makes a huge
For example “Windows Media Center integration UI” sounds
like a wizard from within Home Server to integrate sharing and backup of Media
Center content such as Recorded TV.
“Windows Media Center UI integration” on the other hand would imply
Media Center functionality being built into Home Server.
The wording used by Microsoft is “Windows Media Center
integration UI” leading me to believe that Microsoft’s focus is not on
integrating Media Center directly into Home Server.
I’ve (poorly) argued in the past that while an integrated
Home Server+Media Center would be the killer scenario for hardcore Media Center
users and geeks, it would
do nothing to give Media Center the push it needs in the marketplace. I also question the backup functionality of
Home Server when more and more roles keep getting delegated to it. Put Media Center functionality in and mix it
with backup and remote access and it is almost time for a Home Server to backup
my Home Server.
I’m I overanalyzing the “Windows Media Center integration UI” wording?
You still holding out for your Home Sever with Media Center/Extender