Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials released to manufacturing

The Small Business Server (SBS) engineering team has just signed off the release version of SBS 2011 Essentials This now starts a process to make the product available for purchase and evaluation.

Ideal as a first server for small businesses with up to 25 users, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials provides a cost-effective and easy-to-use solution to help protect data, organize and access business information from virtually anywhere, support the applications needed to run a business, and quickly connect to online services for e-mail, collaboration and line-of-business applications.

Here’s a quick Q and A. You can find answers to other questions here on the SBS forums, or on the SBS Facebook site.

·When can I get purchase SBS 2011 Essentials?

We expect SBS 2011 Essentials to be made available via all channels including VL starting May 1.

What languages is SBS 2011 Essentials available in?

SBS 2011 Essentials will be released in 19 languages including Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional, Taiwan), Chinese (Hong Kong), Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish.

When will OEMs offer SBS 2011 Essentials?

Many OEMs and System Builders have already started building specific form factors and solutions based on SBS 2011 Essentials. We expect to start seeing them in the market starting May.

When will the Evaluation for SBS 2011 Essentials be made available?

The evaluation for SBS 2011 Essentials will be released in early April.

When will I be able to download SBS 2011 Essentials via my TechNet or MSDN subscription?

SBS 2011 Essentials will be made available on MSDN and TechNet also in early April.

When will I be able to download SBS 2011 Essentials via MAPs or MPN?

All new releases must go through various regional certification statuses. During this time, we cannot make SBS 2011 Essentials available via MAPs or MPN. When all compliance processes have been completed, they will be published immediately.

What is the difference between SBS2011 Standard and SBS 2011 Essentials?

You can learn more about this at the official SBS 2011 website, and on the SBS 2011 TechNet site.


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