Additional Features and Storage

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2006-03-14 Print this article Print

R2 will also increase the mailbox size limit to 75GB, resulting in more than a gigabyte of mailbox storage per person given the number of users per small business server, VanRoekel said. The premium edition of SBS 2003 R2 will also include SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition instead of SQL Server 2000 Standard Edition, so customers with line of business applications that use a database will be able to get that technology and take advantage of it," he said.
Microsoft also plans to talk about the Windows Vista Business operating system, which is scheduled for release later this year.
It will help keep PCs running smoothly and securely so they are less reliant on dedicated IT support and will deliver new ways to organize and find information, and keeps people connected whether in the office or on the road. Read more here about whats inside the six Windows Vista releases. Some of the specific features for Windows Vista Business include new technology and tools to ensure that PCs are always up-to-date, secure and running smoothly; a new user interface, named Windows Vista Aero, which is designed to deliver new levels of efficiency; as well as Windows Tablet PC technology, which improves productivity on mobile PCs through new capabilities such as interacting with a PC using a digital pen or fingertip in addition to a keyboard and mouse. Microsoft will also use this weeks Summit to announce a Technology Upgrade Program, where those customers who buy SBS 2003 after March 1 get a free upgrade to the R2 version of the product when it is released for a nominal shipping and handling fee, VanRoekel said. For those customers who bought the product before March 1 and did not have upgrade rights under Software Assurance, there would be an upgrade fee, "which will be a relatively nominal fee, but we will announce pricing closer to general availability of the product," he said. Microsoft will also announce some new financing initiatives at the event, including a 90-day deferred payment promotion that will apply until June 30. This allows small businesses to buy software infrastructure and defer payment until June 30,but the purchase does continue to incur interest. Microsoft Financing, which was set up for low-interest financing of partner services, hardware and software, would also lower the bar for purchase totals qualifying for financing from a minimum spend of $10,000 to $3,000. "We pay the partner and hardware upfront, and so the customer gets to spread the entire payment over 36 months. Interest comes in at 12.5 percent for purchases financed between $3,000 and $10,000," VanRoekel said. Microsoft will also be using the event to announce an expanded partnership with retail group Best Buy, with the two firms launching a Microsoft Point of Sale solution for small retailers and businesses. This Microsoft Point of Sale application for small retailers will be available in 115 Best Buy stores across the country, and will be available as stand-alone software as well as a Casio touch-optimized hardware package pre-loaded with Microsoft Point of Sale ready for installation. The Microsoft Point of Sale starts at $799 for a single store, single lane solution. Microsoft has also trained the Best Buy "Geek Squad," the people inside Best Buy who implement these solutions, to include line of business applications like point of sale and more of the back-end server infrastructure. Best Buy Geek Squad will now offer three levels of services to support customers during and after installation, VanRoekel said. Check out eWEEK.coms for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.

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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