Microsoft Kills Windows Essential Business Server (EBS)
The VAR Guy doesn’t have time to attend the funeral… but he was expecting this death: Microsoft is discontinuing future development of Windows Essential Business Server, effective June 30th, 2010. Here’s the scoop.
First, some background: Microsoft launched Windows Essential Business Server for midsize businesses, claiming that those customers needed something a bit different than traditional Windows Server (for enterprises) and Windows Small Business Server. The VAR Guy sees clear opportunities for traditional Windows Server and Windows Small Business Server offerings. But EBS always seemed like a solution to a problem that didn’t exist.
Apparently, Microsoft learned that lesson and plans to discontinue EBS. According to a Microsoft spokesperson:
“This decision represents a natural market shift in midsize business’ preferences toward creating their own IT solutions. Microsoft remains fully committed to small and medium-sized businesses. EBS customers can look forward to continued support and options for continuing with EBS or transitioning to other technologies. This change does not impact any other Windows Server products and solutions, including the next version of Windows Small Business Server (SBS).”
Readers can find more details about EBS’s funeral here. Rather than flaming Microsoft, The VAR Guy applauds the move: Microsoft had too many Windows Server software variants. Partners and customers can’t keep up with all the options. In this case less is more.