We earlier reported that Microsoft Security Essentials, the earlier version of Windows Security that arrived for Windows 7, will not receive any update for new threats. It was the same for Windows 7 ESU users as well, who would pay for security updates for the next three years. But it looks like Microsoft has changed its mind for good.
Microsoft Security Essentials to receive updates after January 14
According to the latest update from Microsoft, Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) will get virus and malware signature updates after January 14, 2020. The Windows 7 ESU FAQ was updated to reflect this, and it clearly says:
Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) will continue to receive signature updates after January 14, 2020. However, the MSE platform will no longer be updated.
It is an excellent move from Microsoft. Some users may not want to spend money on anti-virus solution for the version of Windows they will be soon moving out in three years at the longest.
It is good news even for those who cannot afford to buy Windows 7 paid updates. Still, they want to make sure the computer can be protected with an antivirus. It is a risky move, even with an Antivirus solution, because they will not get a security update. Zero-day exploits can cause more problems than anything else.
However, those who opt-in for the paid subscription model should be happy. What do you think of this move from Microsoft? Are they giving Windows 7 another reason not to move? Or was it because some businesses will pay for the updates? I think it was mostly because of later which must have made them though twice and maybe could have laid the grown for them to keep using Windows Security when they finally chose to upgrade.
Related read: How to verify if your Windows 7 can get Extended Security Updates (ESUs)