Microsoft Small Business Community Blog: 

There have been a few questions floating around about "Cougar," the next version of Windows Small Business Server, and what it will include and be based on.  I thought I would post some of the information that is publicly available to help address some of these questions:

  • Based on the Windows Server 2008 platform and technology wave
  • Cougar will include these technologies:
    • Windows Server 2008
    • Exchange Server 2007
    • Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
    • SQL Server 2005
    • System Center Essentials
  • Dramatically improved management, protection, and business productivity
  • Emphasis on simplicity and integration
  • Providing value for new and existing partners
  • Embracing Live Services
  • 64-bit only

I saw the "Is Cougar 64-bit only?" question come up earlier today, so I wanted to be sure to call that one out.  Ever since we announced Exchange Server 2007 would be 64-bit only and that Cougar would include Exchange Server 2007, that was a pretty clear indicator of what the answer to the 64-bit question would be.  :-)

This one's been on a serious slow burn. I believe I was first briefed about Cougar over a year ago, but I'll need to look. Along with Centro, Microsoft's got a lot coming for those businesses don't quality for the "enterprise" label. That's most of 'em. I can't wait for more info. Cougar is going to be amazing.