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Microsoft Rolls Out Midmarket Server Offering

Microsoft announced an upgrade of its mid-market server offering as part of the official launch of Windows Server 2003 R2 Wednesday.

The Windows Server System Promotion will incorporate the latest Window server upgrade, Release 2, which offers improved support for branch offices, storage management and integrated Windows Sharepoint Services.

Windows Server 2003 R2 is the first major upgrade of the Windows server since 2003.

The midmarket offering, first unveiled at Microsoft's partner conference last July, is a special bundle for midmarket customers that includes three copies of Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition, one Exchange 2003 Standard Edition, one Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 Workgroup Edition and 50 Client Access Licenses (CALs) for Windows and Exchange Server e-mail. It is offered at a 20 percent discount.

Partners said they liked the product because it enables midmarket customers to acquire software at discount without licensing.

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