Microsoft support for SQL Server 2008 ended 9 July 2019, and will end for Windows Server 2008 on 14 January 2020.
With end of support, Microsoft discontinues support provision to include provision of updates, bug and security fixes. There will, therefore, be no more new features and no more patches (except for some emergency security patches), for SQL Server 2008 (both SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2) as of now, and for Windows Server 2008 from January 2020 - and which will become increasingly vulnerable.
Presenting at Inspire 2019, Microsoft’s partner event held in July in Las Vegas, Gavriella Schuster, Corporate Vice President Microsoft, said, “We estimate about 60 percent of our server install base is still on Windows Server and SQL Server 2008. That’s 24 million instances. That is a $50 billion market opportunity that you should be going after right now, this year, because those customers are vulnerable and exposed.
"You know you could easily migrate those VMs into Azure and remove that vulnerability for them."
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