Microsoft today released Windows Server 2008 Foundation. Built for small businesses with 15 or fewer users, it can be used with single or multiple workloads, such as file sharing, print sharing, networking, Terminal Services, remote connections, and other common server roles. It can also be used for Internet Web services and as a Web server platform for intranets and extranets where user authentication is required.
Windows Server Foundation can be used as an Active Directory server or domain controller, and can also join a domain as a member server or domain controller (but the 15 user limit still applies across AD scenarios)
The company will make the operating system available initially across 40 countries and in several languages, beginning with English, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish, with more localized versions coming throughout the year.
In the video below, well-known industry analyst Al Gillen, Vice President, from IDC takes a moment to tell us his perspective of Windows Server 2008 Foundation for customers and partners.
Update (February 2016): Multimedia file removed, as it was using Adobe Flash.