Microsoft updates small-business software suite

Microsoft is planning to take another stab at the small-business market Feb. 21, when it's slated to roll out the next version of its all-in-one suite, Small Business Server.

Small Business Server 2000 (SBS 2000) is Microsoft's third-generation small-business suite offering. SBS, which is offered primarily through resellers, has met with mixed success throughout its relatively brief life--as have other competitive small-business bundles from IBM and Novell.

SBS 2000 will include the latest versions of Microsoft's Windows 2000 server software, including the Windows 2000 Server operating system; the SQL Server 2000 database; the Exchange 2000 e-mail server; the Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2000 Web caching and firewall product; the Windows Media streaming audio and video technologies; fax services and updated management tools.

SBS 2000 also will provide small-business customers with access to some of Microsoft's showcase technologies, such as Outlook Team Folders, an Outlook 2000 resource for sharing information and collaborating with co-workers, said sources.

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