Microsoft Server Essentials get official launch date
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Microsoft Server Essentials get official launch date

Small businesses will now be able to get their hands on a brand-new product from Microsoft in order to help improve cloud-related tools. In an October 9 entry on the Windows Server Blog, Window Server Essential director of program management, Sinead O'Donovan, wrote that customers would pick up the new Windows Server Essential tools beginning November 1, following a limited 8-week public preview. During that period, there were more than 23,000 downloads of the program, for those who wanted to try it out.

O'Donovan also encouraged people to head to the Evaluation Center in order to download a trial copy of the program, where subscribers to TechNet and MSDN can download the full version of the product. The technology comes with a number of different features, including the following: Increased capacity for data storage, for businesses' files and folders in conjunction with Storage Spaces, access to Windows Azure Online Backup, and to make sure that no files will get lost;  better engagement in email collaboration through the cloud; the ability to translate material in to 19 different languages; use the programs with mobile devices thanks to Remote Web Access (RWA) and many other features.

"An ideal server for small businesses, Windows Server 2012 Essentials (the latest version of Windows Small Business Server Essentials) provides a powerful and flexible solution that helps protect your business data while allowing you to access the information you need from virtually anywhere using almost any device," Microsoft's website states.

The software announcement comes as the Seattle-based technology giant prepares to launch a new peice of hardware that seeks to compete with Apple's popular iPad tablet.

Microsoft hopes that its new Surface device, which will be officially introduced on October 26, gains popularity thanks to it's interface and cloud-based capabilities. There will be two versions of the device, the Surface RT and the more powerful Surface Pro. As PCWorld reported, the tablet will run on Windows 8 and users can download apps from well-known brands including Netflix, ESPN, Box.net and USA Today. The source also reported that apps for these devices will be competitive with programs that run on Android and iOS operating systems