Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard and Essentials versions: Difference, FAQ

The Small Business Server (SBS) engineering team today signed off the release version of SBS 2011 Essentials—an exciting milestone for the product, and for the entire SBS family. This now starts a process to make the product available for purchase and evaluation. Update: It is now available for download.

Ideal as a first server for small businesses with up to 25 users, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials provides a cost-effective and easy-to-use solution to help protect data, organize and access business information from virtually anywhere, support the applications needed to run a business, and quickly connect to online services for e-mail, collaboration and line-of-business applications.

Windows Small Business Server 2011 (SBS 2011) comes in two editions: Standard and Essentials.

Benefits of Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard include:

  • Automatic backup of business data and simple recovery features
  • Affordable and easy to deploy, use and maintain
  • Enterprise quality functionality and productivity capabilities
  • Organize and access files from virtually anywhere

Benefits of Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essential include:

  • Daily automatic backups of clients and servers
  • Affordable and easy to deploy, use, and maintain
  • Organize and access files from virtually anywhere
  • Effortlessly connects to online services in order to expand capabilities

SBS 2011 Essentials will be released in 19 languages including Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional, Taiwan), Chinese (Hong Kong), Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish.

Many OEMs and System Builders have already started building specific form factors and solutions based on SBS 2011 Essentials.

Availability schedule:

  • The evaluation for SBS 2011 Essentials will be released in early April.
  • SBS 2011 Essentials will be made available on MSDN and TechNet also in early April.
  • It will be  made available via all channels including VL starting May 1.

Details: TechNet | SBS home page.

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