Gates sees a home server in your future

Posted by bink on January 8 2007, 1:15 PM. Posted in Windows Home Server.

Having helped get PCs into most American's homes, Bill Gates now wants people to bring in a server.

As part of his keynote address Sunday at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, Gates is showing off Windows Home Server--a consumer device to serve as a central storage place for digital photos, music and other media. The first products are due out later this year from Hewlett-Packard and others. The goal is to get devices that can cost less than $500.

In the first of a two-part interview, Microsoft's chairman talks with CNET about why the average person wants a server, why they won't need a degree in computer science to run it and what hurdles remain before consumers reach the true digital home.