Microsoft Corp. last week made available the release candidate for its Windows Small Business Server 2003, the latest product in the Windows Server 2003 family headed for release.
The Redmond, Wash., company also introduced 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, group product manager for Microsofts Windows Server division, told eWEEK.
The premium version will include technologies such as SQL Server 2000 and Microsofts Internet, Security and Acceleration Server, as well as a copy of FrontPage.
Microsoft will announce pricing for the small-business server only 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 is 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," Hunter said.