Microsoft have today announced that there will only be a single SKU for the upcoming Small Business Server 8 (SBS8). This is part of a larger shift on behalf of Microsoft who want fewer SKUs across their product range. (like Windows 8 which will only come in two versions compared to Windows 7′s six.)
So what does this mean for Windows Home Server?
Currently there is SBS 2011 Essentials (SBSe 2011), Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials and WHS 2011, all based on the Colorado code base. Windows Home Server as a standalone product along with Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials will be no longer whilst SBSe 2011 will be renamed to Windows Server 2012 Essentials
Server 2012 Essentials will carry forward the best of WHS 2011, Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials and SBSe 2011 and is going to be situated as a flexible 'first server' for either the small business or home user.