Windows 7 ESU to cost German taxpayers €800,000

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The German government owes Microsoft at least €800,000 ($886,000) in Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) fees this year.  The Operating System (OS) reached its end of support (EOS) on January 14, 2020, meaning that organizations still using it couldn’t access free security updates from that date.

Some 33,000 German government computers use Windows 7

According to German newspaper Handelsblatt, federal authorities in the country want to secure about 33,000 devices running on Windows 7. By signing up for the ESU program, the government can protect its Windows 7 machines against a myriad of cybersecurity threats.

EOS for the obsolete operating system has been a long time coming, and many governments around the world started migrating to Windows 10 early. In Germany, the transition began in 2018.

But the local government in Berlin hasn’t moved some 20,000 computers to the latest OS yet. It’s one of the several authorities in the country that have some way to go before completing the migration.

The Windows 10 migration story is similar across the world. Governments are migrating one agency (or a few) at a time instead of all at once. In the U.S, the Defense Department was among the first to kick off the transition to the new OS. DOD announced it had moved all its PCs to Windows 10 by March 31, 2019.

Windows 7 ESU costs will only get higher

Taxpayers in Germany should brace themselves for higher ESU costs if their government continues to securely use Windows 7 computers over the next two or three years. This year, Microsoft is charging $25 per a Windows Enterprise machine and $50 per a Windows Pro device for security updates.

As of January 2022, ESU costs per a Windows 7 PC will range between $100 and $200.

Organizations using the obsolete OS are missing out on impressive Windows 10 features, such as built-in cloud storage, besides bearing the extra ESU costs.

According to Microsoft, organizations using the obsolete OS are missing out on new Windows 10 features, such as built-in cloud storage, besides bearing the extra ESU costs.

ESUs do not include new features, customer-requested non-security updates, or design change requests.

Windows 7 users cannot access these updates on-demand.

Important note:  If you’re planning to upgrade to Windows 10, make sure to check out our wide collection of guides on how to make the transition as smooth as possible.