Windows Server 2003 will officially go dark on July 14, 2015, and Microsoft is preparing for another Windows XP moment, as most of the companies running it might actually delay the transition to a newer platform more than recommended.
That’s why experts across the world have already started recommending customers to step away from Windows Server 2003, explaining that the transition to a newer platform usually takes more than 200 days.
"Many companies are unaware of the workload, let alone the deadline," reseller ITC Infotech was quoted as saying by ChannelWeb. "Once support ends next year, there will be no further patches or security updates, exposing companies to major security and compliance issues."
Obviously, expect Microsoft itself to step up its game and start issuing upgrade warnings in order to make more users aware that Windows Server 2003 support is coming to an end.
"The end of Windows 2003 is a great opportunity for enterprises looking at optimising and driving efficiencies. They should see it as the chance to tighten the slack that has crept in over the years, and end sunset services and applications that are no longer required," the reseller added.
Windows Server 2003 is the Windows XP of server platforms, and it’s currently one of the top software solutions in its own category. Of course, Microsoft again hopes that everyone will switch to Windows Server 2012, but it remains to be seen how many are actually willing to upgrade their hardware configurations and invest in a totally new platform.