Microsoft Tweaks Its Small Biz Server Plans

Redmond raises the number of clients supported, while axing the price of its entry-level release of its product due out in early October.

Although customers wont be able to purchase Microsofts small/midsize business (SMB) version of Windows Server until this fall, Redmonds tinkering now with the product pricing and licensing to attract users who might otherwise be lured by Linux.

This week, Microsoft went public with plans to price the low-end version of its forthcoming Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2003 product at $599. That price includes five client-access licenses (CALs). The higher-end version will stay at the same price as the current SBS 2000 product, $1,499 (with five CALs included).

At the same time, Microsoft officials also said that they will allow Small Business Server 2003 customers to run 75 Windows clients — rather than the current limit of 50 — off a single SBS system.


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