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What is going to be in "Cougar?"

There have been a few questions floating around about “Cougar,” the next version of Windows Small Business Server, and what it will include and be based on.  I thought I would post some of the information that is publicly available to help address some of these questions:

  • Based on the Windows Server 2008 platform and technology wave

  • Cougar will include these technologies:

    • Windows Server 2008

    • Exchange Server 2007

    • Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

    • SQL Server 2005

    • System Center Essentials

  • Dramatically improved management, protection, and business productivity

  • Emphasis on simplicity and integration

  • Providing value for new and existing partners

  • Embracing Live Services

  • 64-bit only

I saw the “Is Cougar 64-bit only?” question come up earlier today, so I wanted to be sure to call that one out.  Ever since we announced Exchange Server 2007 would be 64-bit only and that Cougar would include Exchange Server 2007, that was a pretty clear indicator of what the answer to the 64-bit question would be.  🙂

Thank you and have a wonderful day,

Eric Ligman
Microsoft US Senior Manager
Small Business Community Engagement
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