Day two in Las Vegas. I've got a video interview with Brandon Watson later this morning, and some late afternoon meetings, but I should be hanging out around Windows Connections for much of the day otherwise.
Eager to show the world that reports of fragmentation in the Android camp is overblown, Google has posted information suggesting that 77 percent of Android devices are running the two newest Android OS releases, 2.1 (40.8 percent) and 2.2 (36.2 percent). That's cute, but what this really shows is that only 36 percent of Android devices are running the latest version, and 23 percent are running positively ancient versions. That's fragmentation.
Microsoft's really doing up the Colorado naming with its new servers: First we got Vail (WHS v2), then Aurora (SBS alternative), and now Mary Jo Foley is reporting on a third Coloradan: Breckenridge. Given that I almost died at the real Breckenridge, I'll be sure to be careful with this one. Whatever it is. (It appears to be a WHS-based NAS product.) Speaking of which....
Microsoft quietly announced the naming, pricing, and availability for its Aurora and SBS 7 products.
Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials (formally Windows Small Business Server Code Name “Aurora”) is ideal as a first server for small businesses with up to 25 users.
Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard (formally Windows Small Business Server “7”) is designed and priced for small businesses with up to 75 users, delivering enterprise-class server technology in an affordable, all-in-one solution. Estimated retail pricing for SBS 2011 Standard is $1,096US, with CALs approximately $72US. SBS 2011 Standard will be available through all current Microsoft server licensing channels and is expected to release in December 2010.
Windows Small Business Server 2011 Premium Add-on, consists of an additional server that provides support for SQL Server based LOB applications and access to Window Server 2008 R2 technologies in a cost effective solution for a small business environment. The SBS 2011 Premium Add-on includes Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, and SQL Server 2008 R2 for Small Business. Estimated retail pricing for SBS 2011 Premium Add-on is $1,604US, with CALs approximately $92US. SBS 2011 Premium Add-on will also be available with the release of SBS 2011 Standard in December.
I don't see a release date in there for Aurora (SBS 2011 Essentials), but it's first half of 2011.