Microsoft touts Windows Small Biz Server 2003 R2

Microsoft Tuesday said Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 will be available in August.

New features in R2, a variant of Windows Server 2003 optimized for smaller companies, include a "Green Check" of software health to help customers protect vital business data, automated patch and update services for all Microsoft Update supported products in the network and a 75GB mailbox limit.

The Standard Edition will be available for an estimated retail price of $US599 while the Premium Edition lists for $US1,299. Microsoft said the Premium Edition price has been cut 13 percent from the previous version of Windows Small Business Server 2003 Premium Edition.

R2 will also be pre-installed on servers available from Dell, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Gateway, Hewlett-Packard and IBM, and will be available in 18 languages.

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