I’m hoping that Microsoft has learnt a few things over the last week from the announcement of the phase out of SBS as we know it and the introduction of Windows Server 2012 Essentials into the market place. I’ve done a few blog posts on the subject as you can see below.
What strikes me across all this is that the real issue here is one of communication. Microsoft basically did not communicate enough good news with the bad news. Susan Bradley and Amy Babinchak from Third Tier did a wonderful presentation yesterday (recording to be available soon) on Windows Server 2012 Essentials that had nearly 200 people attending at one point. The content delivered was on target for the market place and the technical audience. IT’s what Microsoft should have done in the first place. Advertise “hey guys – there’s a new product replacing SBS and we’ll show you how freaking cool it is in this webcast”. I’m sure that they will do better in future.
What’s next I hear you ask? Rumour has it that a public beta will be coming out REAL SOON NOW… so keep your ears open so that you can get involved in it yourself and find out how well it suits your business needs and those of your clients.