Four years ago, we committed to building an infrastructure solution for the mid-market--Windows Essential Business Server (EBS) which was the first of its kind to meet the unique needs of mid-market IT professionals.
With the shifts and changes of the market, we have decided to streamline our server product portfolio and cease development of future versions of EBS, effective June 30th, 2010.
Since the launch of EBS, several changes have occurred that drove our decision to streamline our server product portfolio. First, many 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 the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS).
This decision to discontinue development of future versions of EBS does not come lightly and will not impact any other Windows Server products and solutions.
We thank you for using Windows Essential Business Server and rest assured that your software will be supported through the normal product lifecycle.
Next, we recognize that discontinuing EBS could result in additional cost and complexity if you decide to upgrade. Because of this we are going to provide a limited offer for all EBS 2008 customers. Beginning on June 30, 2010 until December 31, 2010, current EBS 2008 customers can get most of the individual component software from the suite for free (local taxes, shipping and handling charges may apply). This means EBS 2008 customers can get copies of Windows Server 2008 Standard, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Standard and Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007. For more information on this announcement, continued support, and the special offer, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/ebs