CRN: Windows SBS 2003 Priced To Slow Linux In SMB Space, Execs Say

Microsoft’s long-awaited launch of its Windows 2003-based Small Business Server next week is designed to cut Linux off at the knees in its SMB territory, according to company executives.
On Oct. 9, the Redmond, Wash.-based company is scheduled to release two editions of Windows SBS 2003–a low-cost entry-level version and a premium edition that includes, for the first time, BizTalk Partner Edition, executives told CRN Wednesday, roughly a week before its annual partner show, Microsoft Momentum, kicks off. (full story)
Information Week: Will Windows For Small Businesses Be A Big Business?
Cnet: Microsoft gears up for small-business push

My spin: Small business is indeed big business for MS and most other companies. Sure it’s a fragmented market and you’ve got to sell more at less prices, as opposed to selling less at higher prices to larger companies. But there CAN be a LOT OF MONEY to be made in this market.
Linux, sold by VARS is encroaching on Microsoft’s hold of the market and Small Business Server 2003, which I’ve used for years is a great tool that MS resellers can easily leverage to their advantage.