Windows Home Server
About three years ago, Microsoft launched Media Center Edition (MCE), an operating system with an interface designed to centralize digital media and make it easily accessible. But the initial MCE GUI did not integrate well with consumer-based products and was frustrating to use.
With that said, the past couple of years have been a different story. Microsoft has made tremendous strides with Media Center applications, greatly improving upon integration and compatibility issues.
Microsoft is still trying to improve the home networking, and file management and access experience. About a year and a half ago, whispers started floating around that Microsoft was developing a new home application with a GUI that would provide more help to novice digital end users. This time around, the architects planned to design an application to minimize user interaction, limit complexity and simplify installation.