Today at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), Steven VanRoekel, senior director of Microsoft’s Windows Server Solutions group announced the launch date for Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008:
I am excited to announce that Nov. 12, 2008, is the official launch date for Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008. Activities that day will signal availability of both solutions and kick off launch efforts worldwide. In many ways, though, we consider WPC our launch for partners and we want to help them plan and prepare for the solutions.
We are also announcing that both solutions are reaching the Release Candidate 1 milestone, another step toward final release. Pre-release versions of Small Business Server 2008 and Essential Business Server 2008 are available for download and evaluation now through www.multiplyyourpower.com.
SBS and EBS are Microsoft’s bundles of Windows Server 2008 and selected middleware directed at small and medium businesses respectively. Pricing for both had been announced in May.