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March 08, 2010

Report: Microsoft Discontinuing Windows Essential Business Server

By Patrick Barnard, Senior Web Editor, TMCnet

Seeking to streamline its server product portfolio, as well as to place a stronger focus on cloud computing, Microsoft (News - Alert) is reportedly discontinuing development of Windows Essential Business Server as of June 30.

“Four years ago, we committed to building an infrastructure solution for the mid-market,” states a blog post on the Windows Essential Business Server Team Blog on Friday. “Windows Essential Business Server (EBS) which was the first of its kind to meet the unique needs of mid-market IT pros. Since that time the market landscape has naturally changed. Today, we announced the decision to streamline our server product portfolio and will discontinue future development of EBS, effective June 30, 2010.”

The software suite included bundled versions of Windows Server, Microsoft System Center Essentials, Microsoft Exchange and other programs and was targeted at small- to medium-sized businesses with 300 computers or less.

"[M]idsize businesses are rapidly turning to technologies such as ... virtualization and cloud computing as a means to cut costs, improve efficiency, and increase competitiveness," the post states. "Those capabilities are already available through other offerings, including Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft System Center and the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite."

The change will not affect the next version of Windows Small Business Server (SBS). Microsoft will continue to support EBS users for five years.

Patrick Barnard is a senior Web editor for TMCnet, covering call and contact center technologies. He also compiles and regularly contributes to TMCnet e-Newsletters in the areas of robotics, IT, M2M, OCS and customer interaction solutions. To read more of Patrick's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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