With the occasion of the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show, Microsoft has revealed a new Windows Phone 7 add-in for Windows Home Server Code Name “Vail” that will soon be available for the platform.
The application, when available, will allow its Windows Phone 7 users to set up and connect to the Windows Home Server right from their devices. After the account setup, three screens will be available: Alerts (in case of Administrator accounts), Media and Account. The Alerts screen will feature those details the Dashboard would present you with on your Windows Home Server. The Media screen will show you all the music, pictures and videos that are currently on the server and selecting any, will take you to the respective library allowing you to further stream content to your device even when you’re away. The Account screen is there only to allow you to log out of the server.
With the Windows Phone 7 add-in your device will receive a new feature which will enable you to upload pictures taken with your device to your Windows Home Server via the Share menu. Unfortunately, only pictures were mentioned to benefit from this feature but we’re hoping users will be able to upload also videos captured with a Windows Phone 7.
The add-in described and being showed off at CES is still in Beta (the “My Server” denomination used might change in the final release) but it surely is a great and welcome effort we’re sure many would appreciate.