Microsoft also introduced new financing plans in response to the sagging economy.
Under the marketing banner of Windows Essential Server Solutions (WESS), Microsoft released Essential Business Server (EBS) 2008, its first-ever bundle for midsized businesses, and Windows Small Business Server () 2008, which has evolved over the past 12 years.
The WESS offerings bundle popular IT software in order to ease rollout and management burdens for small and midsized companies.
The two bundles represent Microsoft's best attempt to date to serve the needs of businesses that have up to 300 PCs. WESS offers small businesses for the first-time options to deploy multiple servers, mobile options, a platform for small companies to run business applications and the first integration between small business infrastructure and Microsoft's online services as part of its .
That services integration will mark the evolution of the WESS bundles going forward, according to Microsoft.