[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.
“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.”
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