Last week, Microsoft announced its decision to discontinue development of one of the core features of Windows Home Server. In a matter of hours, they destroyed their relationship with a large and loyal customer base. Here's what happened, and how they can recover.
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Premium editions of Windows Vista include a full-featured Backup program that allows you to create an image-based backup of a full drive rather than copying one file at a time. In Vista Beta 2, the new image backup feature has a name: CompletePC Backup. Yesterday, after deliberately making a thorough mess of a new Vista installation, I put it to the test. How did it work? See for yourself.
Backup as a "set and forget" service is an idea whose time has come. Both Microsoft's OneCare and Symantec's Genesis have the right idea. A little more competition wouldn't hurt