Windows Server 2012 Essentials reaches general availability!

Microsoft has just announced that Windows Server 2012 Essentials is generally available for purchase through volume licensing, retail and reseller channels. This is a great opportunity for Microsoft partners to deliver a solution designed to meet the needs of their small business customers by offering the following benefits: Protect and secure your business Access your… Read more

Windows Server 2012 Essentials released to manufacturing, available for evaluation today!

Windows Server has an awesome dynamic range.  It runs everything from the largest internet sites to the smallest businesses.  With all of the discussion about being a CloudOS, you might wonder whether this represents a change.  The answer is a definitive ‘no’.  We believe that the cloud offers dramatic advantages to everyone.  In today’s post,… Read more

Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate Essentials available now

Great news!  We reached another important milestone on the road to the final release of Windows Server 2012 Essentials:  the Release Candidate (RC) is available now for download and evaluation.If you haven’t started exploring the product yet, this new pre-release version is an ideal time to begin.  You can find more information about this release… Read more

Download the beta release of Windows Server 2012 Essentials today!

What an exciting time to be part of the Windows Server team! Earlier this week we announced the RTM and general availability of Windows Server 2012 in conjunction with the Windows 8 team's announcement of their dates. Since then we’ve seen a steady stream of exciting news coming out of Toronto where the 2012 World… Read more

New IT Trends Bring Change to Mid-Market Product Line

  Today Microsoft announced that effective June 30, 2010, Microsoft will discontinue future development of Windows Essential Business Server (EBS), the infrastructure solution we designed specifically for midsize businesses. This blog post is to specifically answer the question around whether the change affects other Microsoft solution products. The short answer is, no. In no way… Read more

Survey says: IT pros weigh in on the role of solution providers

Microsoft recently worked with MarketTools's Zoom Panel Tech to conduct an online survey of 2000 IT professionals about if, how and why they use solution providers (IT consultants, resellers, system integrators and hosted service providers.)  The results verify what we've heard repeatedly from customers and partners:  IT departments want strategic solution providers that truly help drive business… Read more

Guest Blog: Microsoft’s Core Infra’s Bob Kelly – Closing Thoughts on WPC

Last week, I attended the Worldwide Partner Conference and I came away with a few overall impressions.  First, I enjoyed spending significant face-to-face time with our friends in the industry who have continued to drive success during difficult economic times.  Second, it’s incredible to see how the market for Infrastructure solutions continues to rapidly evolve…. Read more

Welcome to the Family Windows Server 2008 Foundation!

It’s a big day for all of us on the Windows Server team as we welcome a new member to the family, Windows Server 2008 Foundation.    Available through Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) partners as a pre-installed solution, Windows Server 2008 Foundation will provide first-time server users or small business customers the ability to run… Read more