Windows SBS 2003 On Tap

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-06-30 Print this article Print

Microsoft Corp. will on Tuesday announce the release candidate for its Windows Small Business Server 2003.

Microsoft Corp. will on Tuesday announce the release candidate for its Windows Small Business Server 2003, the latest product in the Windows Server 2003 server family headed for release. Microsoft will also be introducing a new standard version of the product, which will be in addition to the premium version that is similar to the current product in terms of component technologies, Katy Hunter, the group product manager for Microsofts Windows Server division, told eWeek in an interview on Monday.
The premium version will include technologies like SQL Server 2000 and Microsofts Internet, Security and Acceleration Server (ISA), as well as a copy of Front Page.
Microsoft will only announce pricing for the small business server when it releases the product to manufacturing. The final product will ship within three days of the release of Office 2003, which is scheduled for release late this summer. The Small Business Server release was built as a complete server solution and comes with integrated Exchange 2003 technologies as well as a Windows SharePoint services site that has been expanded into a full intranet solution. "Mainly, with the incorporation of Exchange technologies and Outlook and SharePoint, we have to rely on the Office release schedule, which is what we did," she said. Microsoft on Monday also made the Office System Beta 2 technical refresh available to all 600,000 beta 2 testers via download at Users of the Small Business Server who do not immediately upgrade to Office 2003 will not lose many features or functionality in Small Business Server 2003 as there is only an incremental benefit to using Office 2003. "We deliver them the Outlook 2003 client, so from the Exchange solution perspective you are getting the 2003 version," she said.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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