Microsoft targets small businesses

Microsoft has always targeted small and large companies alike with its range of operating system and desktop productivity software. Now the company has a new server product designed to better meet the requirements of small business.

According to Steve Guggenheimer, Microsoft's vice president for small business sales and marketing strategies, there are around 46 million companies worldwide with 50 staff members or fewer -- up from 40 million a year ago. Microsoft's answer for this growth market is a bundling of Server 2003 at a keener price point for small businesses: Small Business Server (SBS) 2003.

Small companies will be able to buy SBS in two forms, Standard or Premium, and alone or bundled with hardware from companies like Dell. According to Guggenheimer, a hardware/software package based on SBS Standard Edition should sell for around $1600. "About the same price as a laptop," he said.

SBS includes a file and print server, Exchange for e-mail, Sharepoint Portal to create intranets, for example, and a firewall. SBS Premium ($2629) has SQL server added, as well as more advanced firewall features, Guggenheimer said.

To simplify matters, Microsoft has also included wizards to help small businesses set up security features, back up data and give employees remote access and shared e-mail.

If wizards aren't enough -- and for configuring remote access securely, for example, the default setup's security may be inadequate -- Microsoft will be encouraging users to access the help of its 8000-odd partners in Australia. Guggenheimer says the company will also work with other bodies, such as chambers of commerce, and vendors like MYOB and Quicken to spread the word to small companies about safely securing a network.

"This is not a simple repackaging," Guggenheimer said of the bundle. "This represents about six months worth of integration [since the Server 2003 launch]."

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Deanne McIntosh

PC World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Imou: At home with security

Modern living is all about functionality and security for everybody from the very young to the very old. With Imou anybody can enjoy smart life – the solution is at their fingertips.

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?