Microsoft has announced a major overhaul to its mid-market server product range, which includes discontinuing the development of its Windows Essential Business Server (EBS) aimed at mid-sized businesses.
The move has primarily been attributed to the recent upsurge in a couple of modern day technologies, including cloud computing and virtualisation, according to the company.
"Windows EBS was the first of its kind to meet the unique needs of mid-market IT pros, but 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 30 June 2010", the company said in a statement.
However, the software maker acknowledged that the move would presumably cause problems for some companies, but said it would facilitate the migration process and adapt to the situation by offering them a limited free offer on its selected range of software components.
Beginning on 30 June 2010 through 31 December 2010, current EBS 2008 customers will be able to get the individual component software from the EBS 2008 suite for free, Microsoft said.
It further went on to explain that the move wouldn't affect any other Windows Server range of products and solutions, which include the next iteration of Windows Small Business Server (SBS).
Microsoft is no longer afraid of pruning non-performing or obsolete products. The rate at which some iconic products have disappeared is impressive. Encarta, Microsoft Works, Office Accounting and now Essential Business Server. Expect other to follow suit if needed.