Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Sep 2018 23:57 UTC

As previously announced, Windows 7 extended support is ending January 14, 2020. While many of you are already well on your way in deploying Windows 10, we understand that everyone is at a different point in the upgrade process.

With that in mind, 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.

Lots of corporate customers are still using Windows 7, and for many, there's little reason to upgrade. Microsoft is just catering to those customers, while making sure it'll be nigh-impossible for regular consumers to benefit from this paid-for extended support.

E-mail Print r 3   9 Comment(s)
Permalink for comment 662240
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Member since:

So, volume licensing customers, by paying additional fees, will be able to get their Windows 7 base supported up to the end-of-extended support for Windows 8.1; January 2023.

However, nothing is mentioned about supporting Windows 7 on 7th generation CPUs and later. Would this force these customers to remain on systems with 6th generation CPUs and earlier? That would be a though situation given that the hardware life cycle in many enterprises is usually 3 years - 4 at the most.

One can only wonder about the true motives behind this announcement.

Reply Score: 1