Could Windows Home Server be Microsoft's iPhone?

Is it too much to call Windows Home Server Microsoft's iPhone? I think it's likely the closest Microsoft will come to a product with built-in popular appeal.

Run down the check list:

  • Relatively quiet development period, followed by short and seemingly successful beta. Check
  • A product that users actually want and understand. Check
  • Potentially cool form factors. Check

Microsoft just might have a hit on its hands with Windows Home Server when the first Home Server models debut this fall.

Is it too much to call WHS Microsoft's iPhone? I think it's likely the closest Microsoft will come to a product with built-in popular appeal. (I'm doubtful that "Big-Ass Table," a k a the Microsoft Surface, has anywhere near the sleeper-hit potential of Windows Home Server.)

What would make Windows Home Server a guaranteed home run, in your book?

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