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Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

September 5, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Windows Server 2012 “really is like a smogasbord”

[This story is running in the print edition of The Seattle Times Sept. 5, 2012.]

Like a Cinderella initially overshadowed by more glamorous stepsisters, Windows Server 2012 hasn’t quite captured the headlines that its glitzier product siblings have.

But that doesn’t mean the software, which Microsoft launched Tuesday, might not come to eclipse the soon-to-launch Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Office 2013 — at least in terms of usefulness for businesses, some analysts say.

“With all the changes with Windows 8, and with some people feeling the changes are too disruptive, Windows Server 2012 has just kind of been sitting in the background, not getting any attention at all. That’s really a shame,” said Michael Cherry, an analyst with independent research firm Directions on Microsoft.

“The Windows Server team has done a bunch of incremental improvements that add up to something big,” he said. “It really is like a smorgasbord. There’s something for everyone.”

Windows Server is a core product of Microsoft’s Server and Tools business, which has logged nine consecutive quarters of double-digit revenue growth. Last fiscal year, the division reached $18.7 billion in sales, ranking second in revenue behind the Business division and ahead of Windows.

Hundreds of features have been changed or updated for Windows Server 2012, adding up to what Microsoft is referring to as the “the cornerstone of the Cloud OS.”

[Continue reading the story here.]

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