Microsoft today announced that it would be offering a paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates support to such customers. This extended support will be valid until January of 2023. This will be financially costly as it will be delivered on a per-device basis and this price is subjected to be increased every year.
Windows 7 to get paid Extended Security Updates
The extended support for Windows 7 for its life cycle is coming to an end on 14th January 2020. Due to this, many enterprises are already deploying Windows 10 in their companies. But still, many of these customers face issues or require more time to make this transition as smooth as possible. On the other hand, Windows 7 was a successful release of Windows for Microsoft, and a considerable amount of their user base is still on Windows 7 after three years from the release of Windows 10 even though Microsoft pushed Windows 10 upgrade so aggressively to their customers.
Today we are announcing that we will offer paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) through January 2023. The Windows 7 ESU will be sold on a per-device basis and the price will increase each year. Windows 7 ESUs will be available to all Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise customers in Volume Licensing, with a discount to customers with Windows software assurance, Windows 10 Enterprise or Windows 10 Education subscriptions. In addition, Office 365 ProPlus will be supported on devices with active Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) through January 2023. This means that customers who purchase the Windows 7 ESU will be able to continue to run Office 365 ProPlus.
Under this new support plan, Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise edition customers in Volume Licensing will be supported. A fine discount will be provided to customers with Windows software assurance to update to Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education editions.
Along with this, Office 365 ProPlus will also be supported by Microsoft with the devices which are enrolled for this paid extended support. This support will also be provided until January of 2023. Hence, customers who have deployed Office 365 ProPlus along with Windows 7 to their machines will also stay supported as well as secured.
If interested, you can read more about this announcement here on Microsoft’s own blog post.