Microsoft Corp. today announced that its Windows® Small Business Server 2003 Release Candidate is available for technology providers and small businesses to begin testing. Available in two editions, Premium and Standard, the newest version of Windows Small Business Server is built on Microsoft's highly reliable and secure Windows Server (TM) 2003 operating system and delivers an integrated solution that is simple to install, simple to manage and simple to use. By incorporating these simplicity innovations into both Standard and Premium versions, Windows Small Business Server 2003 offers more value to a broader set of small-business customers. Microsoft will begin shipping 200,000 evaluation kits for testing and evaluation and will kick off a worldwide partner training program, ensuring that technology providers, who are often the principal IT support for small businesses, are fully prepared to help their small-business customers immediately realize solution benefits upon commercial availability.
"We looked very carefully at the needs of small-business customers and their technology providers when we designed this release of Windows SBS," said Bill Veghte, corporate vice president of the Windows Server Group at Microsoft. "Windows Small Business Server 2003 delivers unprecedented innovations in simplicity, resulting in a new solution that uniquely enables a broader population of small businesses to more quickly realize returns on their IT investment while providing new opportunities for channel partners to profitably service an even larger spectrum of small-business customers."
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