Home Server History
Mary Jo Foley, queen of the Microsoft watchers, posted two stories on ZDNET today about the development history of Home Server, based on a conversation she had with Charlie Kindel. Charlie is the general manager overseeing Home Server and has been a guiding light for the product inside the company.
As Mary Jo recounts, he had been researching and making the case for a home server product all the way back to 1999, anticipating the widespread need we see now for simple backup/restore, storage that grows with your needs and access to your digital "stuff" from anywhere. His journey went through four general phases...hence the project name "Quattro" (Italian for 4) and eventual codename "Q."