Microsoft will discontinue future development of Essential Business Server, effective June 30th, 2010. A few points about this announcement:
- Microsoft remains fully committed to small and medium-sized businesses and our Partners who serve them
- The technology capabilities many midsize businesses are turning to (such as virtualisation, management, and cloud computing) are already available through other offerings, including: Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft System Center and the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS)
- Customers with Software Assurance will be offered an open agreement to receive the license for many stand-alone products that would have been included in EBS 2010.
- Current EBS customers can look forward to a support cycle that holds true to the Microsoft five-year mainstream and five-year extended support lifecycle