Microsoft has announced that support for Windows Server 2003 will end July 14, 2015. The company, of course, recommends migrating to Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure or Office 365. As with the end of support for both Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 about a year ago, Microsoft has been urging its customers to upgrade as soon as possible.
It’s not the first time that Microsoft has issued dire statements in the hopes of getting customers to purchase an upgrade. The upgrade target has changed on the desktop over time from Windows Vista to Windows 7 to Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. The company has also issued dire statements about the impact of the end of support for Windows Server 2003, as well.
Thanks, but No Thanks
But some customers using these systems appear to have weighed the business benefits of these software products, foreseen the likely issues in a migration to different software and said, “No thank you.”