At CES next week, HP will be making a number of announcements regarding their MediaSmart suite of products, which includes the HP MediaSmart Server. We Got Served was sent early details of those announcements today (you'll see that CNET and Engadget have covered this too today).
In Spring 2008 (Engadget reckon February, but that's not confirmed) a free download via HP Update will bring new functionality to the HP MediaSmart Server (both the EX470 and EX475). Here's what you can look forward to:
- 7 Months Free McAfee Virus Protection
A partnership with McAfee will see their Total Protection for Small Business suite made available for free for a 7 month period, after which the license can be extended for a subscription fee. The suite provides anti-virus, anti-spam and internet security protection in one package. No details are available right now on fees after the free license period.
- PacketVideo Media Streaming
A partnership with PacketVideo will extend the media streaming capabilities of the MediaSmart Server which will bring a variety of new benefits to users, including album art display and photo thumbnails.
- Vista x64 Compatibility
According to the press release, the HP MediaSmart Server will also support connection to Vista x64 systems, as previously discussed by the WHS Product Team in our Q&A last year.
Hopefully, HP will be showcasing the updates at CES next week – stay tuned for more. In the meantime, it's great news for MediaSmart owners that HP are continuing to develop new functionality to compete with new hardware entrants this year.