Build an add-in for Windows Home Server and win $10K in Code2Fame Challenge

Windows Home Server promises to be a popular product among technophiles, highly digital homes, and even in some small businesses. Microsoft is also attempting to make WHS a platform that developers can easily extend. Earlier this year, Microsoft released a software development kit (SDK) for Windows Home Server, and the company has also launched the Code2Fame Challenge, which will offer a pair of $10K first place prizes to the coders who build the best add-ins for Windows Home Server.

The catch is that the deadline is this Friday, August 24. That's when all entries must be postmarked. You can go to the Code2Fame Challenge page to read the details on how to enter. If you haven't already started working on an add-in, you may not have much of a shot at this. However, there are a lot of talented coders on TechRepublic, so you never know. And if you've been working on a WHS add-in on the side, you shouldn't miss the chance to win some recognition and cash.

By the way, based on a poll in my Windows Home Server article back in May, 88% of TechRepublic respondents said that they were either already planning to get a Windows Home Server or were seriously considering it.


Jason Hiner is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He writes about the people, products, and ideas changing how we live and work in the 21st century. He's co-author of the upcoming book, Follow the Geeks.


As you mention in your article, the due date for entries is 11:59PM PDT on the 24th of August which, even for the most productive coders, would seem a serious stretch unless they already had a completed product ready for submission. But what you conveniently fail to mention is that the contest in question began on the 18th of June! In light of this omission, I believe your article is little more than a "warning" of the contest's completion rather than "news." But ignoring that for the moment, the contest site informs us that the winner will be initially judged by "a panel of qualified judges". I wonder how these hand-picked judges will rate any entry that, while clearly meeting consumer need (perhaps by turning Windows Home Server into an open media platform bereft of DRM), did not align with Microsoft's (and its new Hollywood masters') interests? Finally, reading further we find fine print informing us that, once some lucky creatively-inspired developer has won the contest, she will be required to sign away any and all rights of ownership in her new product to Microsoft. Ten thousand dollars seems a very small price to pay for a fully realized new product Microsoft seems perennially incapable of creating itself, doesn't it? "If you do not want to grant us these rights to your entry, please do not enter this Contest." Indeed.

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