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.

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by fretinator on Wed 12th Sep 2018 16:43 UTC
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Windows 10 adds absolutely nothing for enterprise, business users. It only takes away. This is when I wish they would go back to business editions and home user editions. Let Windows 10 be the home user edition, and keep the Windows 7 line alive for business/enterprise users. Not Pro/Home as we currently have, but Business and Pro/Home. Business could care less about making tablet-friendly, touchy interfaces that scale down to phone size.

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