Microsoft Developing New Windows Server for Midmarket
Move over, Small Business Server. Microsoft's concocting a version of Windows Server expressly for midsize companies.Encouraged by the market reception of its Windows Small Business Server product, Microsoft Corp. is looking for an encore with a similar bundle targeted at midsize businesses. The new Windows Server SKUcalled, at least for now, Windows Midmarket Server, or MMSis not soup yet. But Microsoft executives have a good idea about how they plan to reach the midmarket sweet spot, which Microsoft identifies as users with 50 to 250 PCs.
As does Windows Small Business Server, the MMS product will bundle together a number of different Microsoft server products into a single deliverable. Exchange Server and SharePoint are expected to be part of MMS, sources close to Microsoft said. (Windows Small Business Server integrates into a single package Windows Server 2003, Windows SharePoint Services, Exchange Server 2003, SQL Server 2000 and ISA Server 2000, along with a handful of desktop programs, including Outlook 2003, a shared fax program and FrontPage 2003.)