Microsoft has extended support for Windows Server 2008 until 15 January 2015.
Microsoft’s Windows Server 2008 operating system had been earmarked to enter the firm’s extended support phase on 9 July 2013, however the firm has moved that date back by 18 months. The firm said that it will keep Windows Server 2008 in the mainstream support phase until 15 January 2015.
Microsoft generally provides a decade of support for its high profile operating systems and software applications. The company said, “Microsoft policy provides a minimum of five years of Mainstream Support or two years of Mainstream Support after the successor product ships, whichever is longer.”
Of course Microsoft likes its customers to buy newer, shiner versions of its software whenever the firm releases it, but server operating systems customers are resistant to change in order to avoid any possible disruption in service availability. The company is desperately trying to get customers to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7 and Windows 8, even though it extended support for the operating system until 8 APril 2014.
Microsoft is expected to ship a revised Windows Server release alongside its desktop Windows 8 operating system later this year.
With this announcement, enterprises that run applications on Windows Server can try Amazon’s cloud at no-cost, the company said. Users can select from a range of pre-configured Amazon Machine Images with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2.
The Windows Server images run on a Micro instance, or virtual server, which includes 613 MB of memory and 32-bit or 64-bit support as well.
The Free Usage Trier was launched in 2010, but has so far only been available with Linux. Enterprises can now run both operating systems for up to 750 hours per month for one year. Beyond that, enterprises can pay regular fees, which start at US$0.02 per hour for Linux and $0.03 per hour for Windows.
If usage exceeds the limitations of the tier users also have to open their wallets. For example, if two Windows Server 2008 R2 instances are active for 400 hours each during a single month, the user has accumulated 800 hours of usage, of which 750 hours will be free, and the remaining 50 hours will be billed at the standard price.
The tier also includes limited use of Amazon’s load balancer, storage services (S3 and Elastic Block Store) and the SimpleDB database.