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I’ve heard Microsoft are releasing ‘Server 8’. What is it?

Server 8 is the Server operating system under development by Microsoft to replace Microsoft Server 2008. It is now available for preview and downloads via MSDN subscriptions.

With a heavy dominance towards “cloud-based” computing, Server 8 is aimed at delivering cloud-based technologies to either public or on-premise models. This means you can deliver the same functionality internally to an organisation under a secure environment, and keep all the cloud advantages such as scalability, collaboration, with a dynamic platform. It also is Microsoft’s answer to Amazon’s EC2 and future re-incarnations.

You’ll hear a lot of press reference Microsoft’s deal with Nokia to be the first true Windows Smart Phone built on Windows 8 technology, and Nokia’s re-emergence into this market. This technology along with the next incarnation of their desktop client – Windows 8 – will herald a merging of Microsoft technologies designed to work and compete in the cloud market.

Server 8, Windows 8, and any subsequent mobile product will deliver Microsoft’s business products in answer to the huge rise of Apple, Google and Android based devices, but keeping users on the Microsoft platform.

In today’s economic climate many businesses are challenging the costs and agility of using Microsoft-based products. Microsoft has a large market share in SME and Enterprise who will undoubtedly adopt the advantages of cloud. Server 8 is their answer to competition and delivering a market leading product.

Release dates are unknown, with 2012 being bandied about, but this is more likely to be 2013 or a release around the time of Windows 8. Whatever the case, this is all being driven by the pace of change within the industry and ever more blurring lines between social and business computing.

So as they say – Game On! Who will become victor in this ever-changing market? Microsoft, Google, Apple? Who knows? So watch this space because it is predicted that Apple will become the biggest hardware vendor overtaking the mighty HP in the middle of 2012, what will be Microsoft’s response to that?

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