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Windows Home Server – It’s A Small World After All


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Over on the Official Windows Home Server blog, Stephanie has posted about Windows Home Server being included in the Innoventions Dream Home in Tomorrowland at Disneyland.

Here is what Stephanie says:

“Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho

It’s home from work we go . . . “

A familiar song from your youth? That’s right, “Heigh Ho” is a song sung by the seven dwarfs in the 1937 animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, as they come home from (and go to) work. It is the movie’s most popular song, but, while most people mistakenly sing “it’s off to work we go,” the lyrics are really “it’s home from work we go.” Just a little trivia for you.

So what does this have to do with Microsoft? Well, I point out “it’s home from work we go,” because we all want to get home to our Windows Home Server, now don’t we? And Windows Home Server is now in one of the coolest homes around, the Innoventions Dream Home in Tomorrowland at the Disneyland® Park in Anaheim, California. The home delivers on Walt Disney’s vision for showcasing cutting-edge technologies that make life better and easier.

This home of the future has recently been updated and now features the HP MediaSmart EX495 Home Server. You can check out a virtual tour of the home here. Hint: look behind the desk in the family room where the white arrow is pointing. You’ll see other cool Microsoft products in the home, including an Xbox 360 Elite and Microsoft keyboard and mouse.

The Innoventions Dream Home was first introduced in June 2008 with Microsoft as an original exhibitor , and the home has been a huge hit since then. The home, which shows how a connected digital lifestyle can simplify and enhance many aspects of daily family life, is a perfect showcase for how Windows Home Server helps families centralize and connect their digital experiences.

The Innoventions Dream Home is both a show and a showcase, offering guests a hands-on experience with new in-home technologies, some that are practical and some that are just truly astounding – like the Magic Mirror, a virtual mirror that projects accessories, hairstyles and clothes from your closet onto your reflection, allowing you try out different “looks.”

Also, check out the Taylor Morrison Dream Home Giveaway contest on the Innoventions Dream Home site. Depending on where you live, looks like you could be in the running to win the home of your dreams – the perfect place to put your Windows Home Server!

– Stephanie

I have visited the Innoventions Dream Home before, and it’s very cool, well worth a visit if you are in the neighbourhood.

And how I wish I hadn’t thought of the title for this post – now I can’t get that damn song out of my head – arrgghhh!!

Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.


  1. That's very cool. I went there in 2006 but they've updated it since then.

    It's a shame they don't have more technology providers featured, like Google and Apple. A few iPads would look good in there.

    <3 Disneyland

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