| Azaraimy HH |
IN 180 days, the once popular Microsoft Server 2003 will receive no support from Microsoft.
The Microsoft Server 2003 was released on April 24, 2003, and succeeded by Microsoft Server 2008 in February 4, 2008, which was then succeeded by Windows Server 2008 R2.
This was succeeded by Windows Server 2012, which is the Server Version of Windows 8.
Brunei Microsoft representative Wan Mohd Azwan, Microsoft’s Account Technology Strategist, said they do not have a list of all the organisations that are still using Microsoft Server 2003.
He said Microsoft Server 2003 had reached its life limit, and that it is timely that organisations migrate their systems.
He advised small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which he believed are among the biggest users of MS2003, to get started with a migration planning process or subscribe to an extended support.
He said there are organisations still stuck with MS2003 because of the system they have with their clients or stakeholders, and that it is costly to move.
According to him, most SMEs use MS2003 for small applications such as point of sales, inventory or human resource management.
But with Microsoft ending support for MS2003, businesses which continue to use this system will put their operations at risk.
He said Microsoft has already liaised with some organisations.
Microsoft Brunei Country Manager Haniza Zakariya said Microsoft Brunei will be organising workshops.