Windows Essential Business Server (EBS) will discontinue effective June 30, 2010, says Microsoft

Microsoft announced that effective June 30, 2010, the company will discontinue future development of Windows Essential Business Server (EBS). This decision represents a natural market shift in midsize business preference toward creating their own IT solutions. “several changes have occurred that drove our decision to streamline our server product portfolio. First, midsize businesses are rapidly […]

Microsoft announced that effective June 30, 2010, the company will discontinue future development of Windows Essential Business Server (EBS). This decision represents a natural market shift in midsize business preference toward creating their own IT solutions. “several changes have occurred that drove our decision to streamline our server product portfolio. First, midsize businesses are rapidly turning to technologies such as management, virtualization and cloud computing as a means to cut costs, improve efficiency, and increase competitiveness. Those capabilities are already available through other offerings, including Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft System Center and Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS). Secondly, Microsoft remains fully committed to small and medium-sized businesses. We recognize that ending future editions of EBS could result in additional cost and complexity for our EBS customers. Therefore, we’re going to provide a limited offer for all EBS 2008 customers. Beginning on June 30, 2010 through Dec 31, 2010, current EBS 2008 customers can get the individual component software from the EBS 2008 suite for free (local taxes, shipping and handling charges may apply),” stated Microsoft.