With Deep Sorrow and Regret

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    Yesterday it was announced by Microsoft that Small Busines Server Standard, Home Server and Premium Add-on have contracted a terminal illness, with no hope for a lasting continuance.
    From the Server 2012 Licensing FAQ:
    Q33. Will there be a next version of Windows Small Business?
    No. Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard, which includes Exchange Server and Windows server component products, will be the final such Windows Server offering. This change is in response to small business market trends and behavior. The small business computing trends are moving in the direction of cloud computing for applications and services such as email, online back-up and line-of-business tools.
    As of the 1 August 2012, Customers will not be able to purchase SBS Server Licences or CALs with Software Assurance. The stand alone Licence only SKUs still continue to be available, so customers looking to purchase with Software Assurance in order to cover themselves for the upgrades need to do so before the end of July. Open Value customers will need to ensure the agreements are signed before the end of July as well. Customer should check in on Microsoft Server & Cloud Platform Products & Solutions in the coming weeks for further updates.
    So terminally ill, with a reasonable life expectancy until 2015 and on extended life support until 2020, with no apparent heir.

    That your final days be restful, SBS as we remember you for the rest of our lives….

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