End of support: Exchange Server 2003

by Shijaz Abdulla on 15.04.2008 at 16:29

Microsoft will pull the plug on Exchange Server 2003 support in April 2009.

Unless another service pack is released for Exchange Server 2003 (which is unlikely), the mainstream support for the product will end on 14th April 2009.

If you’re still running Exchange Server 2003, its time to start thinking of upgrading to Exchange Server 2007. One year from today, you will not receive support from Microsoft if you face problems on your Exchange 2003 installation, unless you purchase the ‘extended support’ option, which is available till August 2014.

More information on the Microsoft Support Lifecycle website.

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5 Responses to End of support: Exchange Server 2003

  1. Anonymous says:

    These of moves are not in the best interest for the customers, but rather the organized day light robbery by Microsoft. Exchange 2003 must be kept alive just as windows XP should be kept alive. Don’t take advantage of the customers Microsoft.

  2. Shijaz says:

    I partially disagree with you.

    In order to provide better support to all customers, Microsoft needs to make changes to their support policy in step with the advancements in technology.

    Also note that the support lifecycle policy has affect on how long you can use a product. The Support Lifecycle policy outlines how long Microsoft will provide technical support for products.

    What this means is that if you have a legally purchased version of Exchange 2003 or Windows 3.1 for that matter, nobody is stopping you from running it on your computer. It’s legally licensed to you. However, you will not be able to call Microsoft and ask for help if it breaks, because it’s support lifecycle has ended.

  3. Anonymous says:

    The evolution of any software in this world is archived through constant bug elimination and constant customer support. Although Exchange2007 is a good exchange server those people who invested in exchange2003 must get their fair share. Why should the customers of Exchange2003 suffer because Exchange2007 came out? They have to invest right. And if I am correct their options are limited since moving to any other can be costlier. That is day light robbery.

  4. Shijaz says:

    Well – maintaining an old system might turn out to be more expensive than moving to a new version on the long run.

    At the time of retirement of mainstream support, Exchange 2003 will be almost 6 years old. Most of us dont even have computers that are that old. So talk about servers!

    If we all chose to stick with old technology indefinitely, then we would still be walking around with clubs, sticks and stones.

  5. John Holley says:

    @nzcspaul You should upgrade as 2003 is out of support (Apr 09) http://bit.ly/b8sI6d Why not move to the cloud? Way cheaper for small orgs

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