Microsoft's Serving the Smallest SMBs

Thursday Apr 2nd 2009 by Stuart J. Johnston
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Its new Foundation Server aims to cater to the smallest of small businesses.

Always looking for unserved or underserved markets, Microsoft unveiled a Windows Server offering on Wednesday that aims to provide very small businesses with an entry-level server.

Dubbed Windows Server 2008 Foundation, the server offering, which targets small businesses that have 15 or fewer users, will be available through PC OEMs beginning in April, the company said in a statement.

"There are about 33 million small businesses around the world with one to 15 employees and less than 25 PCs," said Chris Phillips, general manager of the Windows server solutions group..

So where's the market opportunity?

"Seventy percent of small businesses don't have a server," Phillips added.

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