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Microsoft Will Deliver at Least One More Windows Server Essentials Edition

Microsoft Will Deliver at Least One More Windows Server Essentials Edition

Citing collaboration with MVPs and other customers, Microsoft has announced that it will deliver a new Essentials version of Windows Server. However, Windows Server 2019 Essentials could possibly be the very last time the company will offer this edition – again.

…we recently collaborated with the MVP community and other influencers to listen and get a deeper understanding of the transition that our small business customers are going through. While our small business customers are embracing cloud services where they can, on-premises servers are still valuable and desired in the short term for reasons such as price and ability to run traditional applications that may not yet have corresponding cloud-based functionality.

Windows Server 2019 Essentials will retain the value for small businesses as the 2015 version…

  • Single license that includes Client Access Licenses (CAL) for up to 25 users/50 devices
  • Lower price point
  • Ability to run traditional applications and other features, such as file and print sharing


In the announcement post, the company also suggests that customers begin to think about moving from Essentials to Microsoft 365. Despite citing working and listening to customers, the real reason for the last Essentials version is that Microsoft 365 is not yet a viable option.

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