Microsoft has pretty much made it clear to its users that Windows 7 will no longer be supported by the company beyond January 14, 2020. That means that the users of the ageing operating system will be deprived of free security patches.
We must agree with the fact that despite being an old operating system, Windows 7 is still widely being used by most of the organizations around the world. There are different reasons for most of them to stick to Windows 7 such as an unwillingness to upgrade, a sense of nostalgia, legacy requirements, or lack of funds for upgrading.
While there is bad news for them, they should keep in mind that clinging to an old operating system will cost a significant amount to most of the organizations. The tech giant has plans to charge a fee for its Extended security Updates for Windows 7. While most of the Education, Business, and Enterprise customers have planned their migration to Windows 10 just before the deadline.
Cost Of Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU)
The software gainst has not only revealed the eligibility and cost of the extended security updates but also reached out to most of its users and informed privately. Microsoft has decided to offer Windows 7 Extended Security Updates to Microsoft 365 and Enterprise customers on a per device basis.
|Sr. No||Year||Duration||Cost |
(Windows 7 Pro)
(Windows Enterprise (add-on))
|1||Year 1||January 2020 - January 2021||$50 per device||$25 per device|
|2||Year 2||January 2021 - January 2022||$100 per device||$50 per device|
|3||Year 3||January 2022 - January 2023||$200 per device||$100 per device|
Good Bye Windows 7
As we can see that the pricing is on a per-device basis so most of the Windows 7 users (Individual or Personal) are soon going to consider it as a very expensive option. Moreover, the price is also increasing on a yearly basis.
We can clearly see that things could get expensive Surprisingly, Microsoft is hinting on providing bulk discounts for those who are planning to upgrade to Windows 10.
The news is encouraging for the users who want to avoid the expensive fee. It is recommended that you must contact your Microsoft account team asap to grab the opportunity right now.
What you need to know about Windows 7 ESU
What do Windows 7 ESU include? Windows 7 ESU installs security updates for critical and important security vulnerabilities until January 14, 2013. After this 3 year period, your Extended Security Updates offer expires and you’ll need to migrate to Windows 10 to get the latest security updates.
Can organizations purchase ESU after January 14, 2020? Organizations can purchase Windows 7 ESU at any time during the year year period of extended support. If you’re planning to keep using Windows 7, the best approach is to purchase ESU right after the official end support date so as to keep your computer safe.
Does Windows 7 ESU renew automatically? Windows 7 ESU does not renew automatically. Organizations need to purchase a separate SKU each year (3 purchases in total).
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Editor’s Note: This post was updated on February 9, 2020 for freshness, and accuracy.