View Full Version : OT: MS Office 2003 & SBS 2003

07-10-2003, 10:03 PM
I have been to a Microsoft product briefing today on the new office 2003 and Small Business server 2003.

Office is nice, they didn't go too much in to the new features of word and XL but instead spent time looking at the new look and feel of outlook and how it might be use in the corporate world. the new focus of MS is to sell on the ways MS can improve your Business and less on the features. outlook now come with a spam filter and such like

as far as I know it will hit the shelves in a few weeks time.

system specs are up a bit on office XP, Office 2003 will only run on windows 2K or better (sorry to all on windows ME and 9X)

it is interesting to note that they did play down the threat of Open office and did a little speech about how OO wont render all MS documents right 100% of the time, and they say that on average tasks can be done in either/both but are up to 3 times quicker on MS office.

over all the presentation was lots of buzz word and bright lights :-)

The big stuff they where pushing (outlook) will have very little affect on the home users.

more info at MS web site:

As for SBS server, it is the same story of better and faster, more stable.........
SBS 2003 is due late this year / early next year.

BTW I have a RC version of SBS 2003 free to a good home :-)

the Copy of Office 2003 I will keep and install in the next few days.

07-10-2003, 10:22 PM
Is the RC version of SBS 2003 time-limited or not?


07-10-2003, 10:22 PM
"RC Version" What that mean?

07-10-2003, 10:27 PM
don't know if it has a time limited but I would think not.

as for what RC stands for "Release candidate" as in the step after "beta" but before full gold version

07-10-2003, 10:37 PM
'Scuse the ignorance please, but what's SBS?

Small Business Server?

07-10-2003, 11:45 PM
> 'Scuse the ignorance please, but what's SBS?
> Small Business Server?

thats correct , SBS is Small Business Server.

07-10-2003, 11:49 PM
one other pont of note about Small Business Server 2003 is thta in Small Business Server 2000 you could only have 50 CALs in 2003 you can have 75 CALs (1 CAL = 1 user or 1 desktop or 1 seat or what ever you like to call it)