Welcome to the first stages of grief in the death of SBS. But here’s the thing, it’s not really dead, just badly mangled in a mess of a public relations. There are still small busnesses that need small business sized solutions. There are still small business consultants. There just isn’t as obvious of solutions in your tool bag.
“Can you talk to Microsoft to bring back SBS?” Honestly no. Microsoft is trying to remain relevant in a world where more and more tablets are being sold and less and less desktops are. So building another copy of SBS isn’t in their product roadmap. Besides, come on be honest with yourself, you don’t want another SBS, you want on premise file and print and on premise email. You don’t want SharePoint. You don’t want the patching headaches.
“What are they thinking? My clients don’t want the cloud”. I’ll bet they want parts of the cloud, but not everything in the cloud. They want mail hygiene. They want large file transfers. They may not even mind their email in the cloud. They won’t put file and printer sharing there.
“What were they thinking about this Win8 stuff? I mean this is worse than office’s ribbon bar? Promise me this holday season you’ll try to find a “Popup” store whereby Windows RT devices are being sold. You’ll see the power of touch in those devices. It’s not a desktop operating system. For those folks you probably want to look at somethng like start8 menu.
But bottom line, this is time to invest in yourself. Something that you’ll been relying too on Microsoft to hand feed us. Now it’s in our ball court,
Consider me your grief counselor. We’re going to look at solutions going forward.