SQL Server 2008 End of Life: What Are Your Support Options?

It’s no secret that Microsoft wants us to move off old and unsupported versions of SQL Server. It’s good for their bottom line. But it is definitely not simply a money grab.

To be honest, as a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and an independent software vendor (ISV), I also want you to move off old, unsupported versions of SQL Server. Why, you might ask? For the same reasons that Microsoft does from a technical perspective—supporting a never-ending parade of software versions makes life harder and harder. Consider the test matrix for ISVs to ensure that their app can work for both old and new versions of SQL Server and Azure SQL Database. It boggles the mind how quickly the number of test cases increases with each new SQL Server release.

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