Chairman Bill Gates has confirmed that users will be able to fit the new version of Microsoft Home Server into older PCs.
Initially Microsoft planned that its new server operating system was expected to be available only as part of turnkey home servers delivered by its partners and would be only sold to companies.
Now it seems that users will be able to buy the software off the shelf and recycle older PCs as servers.
Microsoft has slated WHS for release in the second half of the year. The three-month-old beta will soon be supplanted by a release candidate (RC1), according to the Code2Fame Challenge site for WHS add-on developers.