Some small-business users attempting to connect remotely through Windows Server Essentials have been reporting connectivity issues since July 23.
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Microsoft is looking to the coming Windows 10 Enterprise E3 and E5 subscription plans as a way to upsell more small and midsize business users to high-end versions of the product.
Microsoft has made available for download a near-final release candidate of its hybrid on-premises/cloud server for small and mid-size businesses.
There's one more new Windows Server variant in the Microsoft pipeline, in addition to Vail, Aurora and SBS 7. Here's a bit more on Windows Server Breckenridge.
Microsoft is partnering with rival Intuit with the shared goal of getting more developers to write cloud-hosted applications targeted at small businesses.
New Windows 7 PCs targeted expressly at small businesses are in the pipeline. And so are a set of Microsoft guidelines to help users choose the right "business PC." I could have used both of those a month or more ago when I was shopping for a new Windows 7 PC.
Until quite recently, Microsoft officials emphasized the "home" in Windows Home Server (WHS) when explaining how that product fit into its server line-up. Last week, however, something changed. Microsoft officials added small office/home office (SOHO) users to its list of potential customers for WHS.
Starting November 16, Microsoft is ending distribution and sales of its Microsoft Office Accounting product. Company officials began notifying customers of the decision on October 30.
Microsoft's advertising units are just one of several that were affected heavily by the second wave of Microsoft layoffs announced on May 5. Response Point, Microsoft's small-business phone team, also took a hit. Here's what Microsoft is saying publicly about the future of Response Point.