Microsoft will be launching several versions of Windows Server 2008. These include:
Data Centre edition
Windows Web Server Edition 2008
Web Server Itanium for the Intel/HP 64 bit architecture
It will also launch Small Business Server 2008 as a beta in Q2 of 2008 and a full release in Q3.
Reportedly, this will allow small businesses to build websites that can collect customer data right of the box – including things like registering domain names and capturing customer data online.
Microsoft execs say that businesses just want something out of the box – something that they don’t have to think about or worry about. While this might be true for some small businesses, I don’t think it’s true for the majority who are already turning to alternatives like MySql and Linux.