Microsoft have been silent on plans to integrate their online business productivity applications with the forthcoming Windows Server Aurora platform, Microsoft's new "hybrid" small business server operating system. However, in a blog post yesterday, Clint Patterson, confirmed that the company is working to integrate Office 365 into the platform:
Is Microsoft still committed to an on premise solution like Small Business Server for smaller companies? Will SBS work with Office 365?
Yes. There're two editions of the next version of SBS. One of them, SBS "Aurora" is an affordable, easy-to-use "first server" option for small businesses with 1-25 people. It meets the core needs of small businesses for things like remote access, file/print, and protecting their data with both client and server backup.
We're looking to integrate numerous Microsoft technologies, including Office 365, with SBS "Aurora" in the future. You can sign up to be notified when the public preview of SBS "Aurora" is available here.