Microsoft released details of Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 at its Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Boston today.
The suite is designed for small-business owners and includes several new features such as the “Green Check” of software health, to help the user protect their business data; keep networks, PCs and servers up to date; and stay connected to the business remotely.
This is the second version of the software, which will be available in August. The Standard Edition will retail at $599 (£325), and the Premium Edition $1,299. This marks a small drop in price of around 13%.
“Server technology is not a luxury that is available only for large companies with equally large budgets and specialised IT staff,” said Steven VanRoekel, director of the Windows Server Solutions Group at Microsoft.
“IDC estimates that over the next five years worldwide, more than a million small businesses will be looking to buy their first server,” said Janet Waxman, vice-president of Hardware Channels and Alliances at IDC.
The suite uses technology from Exchange Server 2003 SP2, and integrates with Windows Mobile-based devices.
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