Microsoft has abandoned the Small Business – Cloud resistance is futile

The majority of my small business clients do NOT want cloud based Exchange services.  They very much like their on premise SBS solutions.  Redmond announced today that they are shelving service to that market and solely going to either cloud based Exchange or full product licensed on premise software (no longer bundled appropriate to small business).


When Fonzie jumped the shark, we all knew that an era was over.  Will Microsoft notice that Balmer has taken them out of a market they were vigorously pursuing a mere few years ago?

Windows SBS 2011 Standard, which includes Exchange Server and SharePoint Foundation, will be the final such Windows SBS offering. It will remain available through the OEM channel until December 31, 2013, and will remain available in all other current channels until June 30, 2013. For additional details, please see the Windows Server 2012 Essentials FAQ. I hope to see you at the 2012 Worldwide Partner Conference starting July 8 in Toronto, Canada, where we’ll be talking more about Windows Server 2012 Essentials, and we’ll also let you know when you can try it out.


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