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Microsoft aims to get developers for home server

Company releases beta version of development kit that software makers can use to write programs for its coming Windows Home Server.

Microsoft said Thursday it has released an early version of a development kit that software makers can use to write programs for its Windows Home Server software, which is due out later this year. The beta version of the kit was posted Thursday to Microsoft's MSDN developer site.

Chairman Bill Gates touted the home server idea at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, saying that HP, among others, will use the software to power servers designed to serve as a central point for housing pictures, videos and other files that can be accessed throughout the home.