Those of you considering an upgrade to Windows Server 2012 Essentials will be pleased to hear that the platform has finally reached retail stores around the globe.

You’ll find the software now available at a range of online stores, including Newegg.com where it’s listed at $499.99, Microsoft Store where you can spend more, at $545.47. In the UK, check out LambdaTek who have the OS on sale at £292.36.

Here’s the blurb from Microsoft:

An ideal server for small businesses, Windows Server 2012 Essentials (the latest version of Windows Small Business Server Essentials) provides a powerful and flexible solution that helps protect your business data while allowing you to access the information you need from virtually anywhere using almost any device.

Windows Server 2012 Essentials supports the applications you need to run your business and also helps you to quickly connect to additional cloud-based applications and services to extend your server’s functionality.

  • Protect and secure your business. The server’s intuitive user experience and powerful data protection features, such as full client PC backup, can simplify your life and help you focus on your core business.
  • Leverage the power and flexibility of cloud-based services on your terms. Windows Server 2012 Essentials helps you run your business operations, be more efficient, and enjoy competitive advantages by making it easier than ever to use and manage cloud-based applications and services, on-premises applications, or a combination of both.
  • Access your resources from virtually everywhere using almost any device. Empower your remote workforce with the freedom to work where and when they choose with an Internet connection and web browser.