Consider this for the Windows Server 2003 OS which deployed that same year:
•The last Service Pack was more than six years ago
•Regular “mainstream” support ended three years ago
•The product is now on “extended support”
•Final support ends in 24 months
To put it into perspective, here are a few of technology highlights from 2003:
•The Camera Phone: 2003 was the year that camera phones took off. Time magazine suggested that this technology invention was as profound as the Internet. “Like the Internet before them, camera phones open up a new and surprisingly spontaneous way to communicate,” wrote Anita Hamilton for Time magazine.
•iTunes: In 2003, Apple transformed the music industry with the introduction of iTunes. Today the iTunes store generates enough revenue to make it one of Apple’s crown jewels.
•The Xbox: In 2003 Xbox Live redefined how people played games together through the Internet. Xbox Live enabled game play on an international level. While it officially launched late in 2002, Xbox Live use surged in 2003 and altered the course of online gaming.