This is an important announcement for SBSCs - all about our new midsized and small business servers. Great business opportunities!

"REDMOND, Wash. — Feb. 20, 2008 — To help small and midsize organizations improve business efficiency, increase productivity and drive growth, Microsoft Corp. introduced the Windows Essential Server Solutions family of products, built on Windows Server 2008 and the newest Microsoft server technologies and services. The company also unveiled details about the newly named Windows Small Business Server 2008.

The Windows Essential Server Solutions family includes Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008 for midsize companies. Microsoft conducted extensive research and gathered in-depth feedback worldwide to design the solutions, in order to meet the unique needs of small and midsize customers and partners. The products integrate the technologies of Windows Server 2008, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, and other Microsoft products and services into all-in-one solutions that are reliable, easy to manage and able to grow with customers.

“There are 31.9 million small businesses and 1.2 million midsize companies worldwide in need of powerful IT solutions, and they typically have very small IT staffs, or none at all,” said Bob Kelly, corporate vice president at Microsoft. “Windows Essential Server Solutions make the benefits of enterprise-class IT accessible, affordable and simpler for smaller organizations and their technology advisors.”

More: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2008/feb08/02-20EBFamilyPR.mspx?rss_fdn=Press%20Releases

Don't forget Robbie Upcroft's (our new product manager for Small Business and Server, and the Essentials (midsize) Server) new blog which will have more info over time on this product: http://blogs.technet.com/sbsaustralia/