You’ve read the news, and you know it’s coming. Whilst you’re downloading the new preview of Windows Home Server Vail, or if you’re considering whether to download it or not, here’s the lowdown on what’s new.

Native Support for Apple Mac

The big news is that Windows Home Server Vail will natively support computers running Mac OS. This includes the use of Windows Home Server as a target for Time Machine backups, as well as a Mac Launchpad and the same remote web access experience as provided for the PC. At this point, there does not appear to be access to the Windows Home Server Dashboard.

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New Dashboard Design

Blue is out, and green is in for the new Windows Home Server Dashboard and Launchpad which has a refreshed colour palette. Log-in screens have also picked up typographic and other design elements seen in Microsoft’s Windows Live and Windows Phone 7 UI, notably the typeface and arrow designs.