The grim reaper approaches for Windows Server 2003
Microsoft’s Windows Server 2003 has its Windows XP moment coming very soon, and that’s bad news for IT leaders who have been dragging their feet.
The company will end extended support for the 12-year-old operating system on July 14. That will leave users without security patches and other updates for any applications still running on the OS, which went out to manufacturers just weeks after the start of the second Iraq war. Microsoft says there were almost 24 million instances of Windows Server 2003 running in July 2014, though it hasn’t released more recent numbers as the end-of-support date has loomed.
According to Mike Schutz, Microsoft’s general manager of cloud platform marketing, the good news is that most of the customers Microsoft has spoken with have moved “the vast percentage” of their server workloads off Windows Server 2003. But that still means that there are holdouts who will be left to protect their own servers as Microsoft cuts off security improvements.