Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 delayed to after Windows 7 launch

Microsoft's Windows Home Server (WHS) team had been pushing to deliver the Power Pack 3 update around the time Windows 7 launches in October. But it's not going to happen, officials acknowledged on September 28.

Microsoft's Windows Home Server (WHS) team had been pushing to deliver the Power Pack 3 update around the time Windows 7 launches in October. But it's not going to happen, officials acknowledged on September 28.

In a post to Microsoft's official Windows Home Server Blog, the team didn't offer many specifics as to why PP3 is late. The team said the PP3 update needs more testing to ensure quality.

Microsoft released the beta of PP3 in July. A Power Pack is like a feature pack, and this one adds support to WHS for Windows 7 clients. When the team released the beta, they stated the goal was to ship the final version prior to October 22, the day Windows 7 goes on sale at retail.

New features slated for inclusion in PP3 include:

  • Backup and restore support for computers running Windows 7
  • The inclusion of Windows Search 4
  • Integration with Windows 7 libraries
  • Various enhancements for Windows Media Center, including TV archiving
  • Better support for netbooks

According to yesterday's post, Microsoft is looking for more tester feedback from individuals who are running Windows 7. The beta of PP3 is available for download from the Microsoft Connect site.

Microsoft has said it will make PP3 available to WHS users for free when it is released some time toward the end of this calendar year.

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