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Windows Server 2012 Essentials, Small Business Server replacement, hits RTM

Windows Server 2012 Essentials was released to manufacturing and will be generally available in less than a month, Microsoft said Tuesday.

Sinead O’Donovan, director of program management for Windows Server Essentials, said Essentials will be generally available beginning Thursday, Nov. 1. O’Donovan added that OEM partners will ship server systems carrying Windows Server 2012 Essentials by the end of this year.

Windows Server 2012 Essentials, a cloud and on-site server hybrid, is meant to replace Small Business Server and Home Business Server. A trial version of Essentials is available for download beginning today.

Windows Server 2012 Essentials will cost $425 and has a 25-users limit. Essentials is one of four editions of Windows Server 2012, alongside Datacenter, Standard and Foundation.

Microsoft altered pricing and reduced the number of editions from seven to four, which made some IT shops prepare for a potential cost increase.

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