- Microsoft stopped providing Windows 7 with security updates back in January 2020.
- However, those of you that still want to receive security updates can buy Extended Security.
- Microsoft revealed the costs of the Extended Security, nd the price tag is quite steep.
- Migrating to Windows 10 seems like a cheaper option that continuing to use Windows 7.
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 aging 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 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 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 them privately.
Microsoft has decided to offer Windows 7 Extended Security Updates to Microsoft 365 and Enterprise customers on a per device basis.
(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|
Goodbye 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 at providing bulk discounts for those who are planning to upgrade to Windows 10.
The news is encouraging for 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Organizations can purchase Windows 7 ESU at any time during the 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.
Windows 7 ESU does not renew automatically. Organizations need to purchase a separate SKU each year (3 purchases in total).