As many of you know I did a very extensive review of Windows Home Server V1. At the time Microsoft provided me with a copy of the software for the review and when I was done Microsoft thanked me for the great review.
Recently I reached out to Microsoft to get a copy of WHS 2011 for a follow up review, but the response I got was less than helpful. Instead of being happy to supply the software for the review I was told that “the resources found on our product page are all that we have to share at this time.” The resources they are referring to is the online demo of the WHS 2011 UI.
This left me very puzzled and I started wondering why they would be so unwilling to work with me? While I was thinking I came up with a few possibilities.
- They are getting ready to replace this product with a new version and are no longer interested in reviews
- They read my article about how crazy it was to remove Drive Extender and are worried I would again be negative about the software
- They are ashamed of the software and they don’t want me diving into it because I will necessarily report on its flaws
So I started eliminating possibilities until I was only left with one.
- If Microsoft does one thing badly it is keeping their upcoming products secret. We have been reading about Windows 8 and its various flavors for a long time. Since a new version of WHS would be based on Windows 8 we would be reading all about it. In addition, I would think that Microsoft’s response to me would have indicated this. So I crossed off this as a possibility
- I have always been fair in my articles and this article still advocated for the original WHS. So while it was negative about the removal of Drive extender in WHS 2011 it still encouraged people to use WHS v1. So this also cannot be the reason they would drag their feet.
- This is the only explanation I could not explain away. In my experience when a company is proud of their software they are always happy to get free publicity and feedback about their product
So the only explanation that made sense is that Microsoft is ashamed of WHS 2011. Maybe the feedback they have received in the past has been so negative that they don’t want anymore. Of course, this peaked my interest even more and I am not going to let Microsoft’s response deter me, I will just have to buy the software myself. Fortunately for me, I can purchase WHS 2011 for only about $50 on the Internet and that is low enough that if it turns out to be a disaster I can toss it and not be at a total loss. So stay tuned for my review of the upgrade process and how the new software works.
Now some of you may be wondering why I would even bother reviewing the new WHS if I was so negative about the removal of the Drive extender. Well, as normally happens whenever their is a void in a product, someone else steps up to fill it. This also happened with Drive extender. Two products Drive Bender and Drivepool are HS 2011 add-ins and provide the same functionality as Drive extender, it also seems like they are getting good reviews.