Windows 7 will reach the end of support on January 14, 2020, and devices still running the 2009 operating-system following this date would no more receive updates and security patches.
Needless to say, with 30 % of the world’s PCs currently run by Windows 7, it’s difficult to believe that everyone will complete the upgrade to some newer OS by the time the end of support date is reached.
From these Microsoft customers, some are business which will pay for custom security updates, using the software giant to continue offering such patches for three more years.
The price of custom security updates is going to be per Windows 7 device and increases every year.
Today, Microsoft announced another change, explaining that Extended Security Updates, or ESU, is going to be provided to all business until 2023. Based on the original plan, only Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise customers with a Volume Licensing contract were entitled to ESU.
“While many of happen to be on your way to deploying Windows 10, problems in later life that everybody is at another reason for the upgrade process. With that in mind, today we’re announcing that, through January 2023, we will extend the availability of paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) to businesses of any size,” Microsoft announced.
“Starting on December 1, 2019, businesses of any size can purchase ESU through the cloud solution provider (CSP) program. Which means that customers can function using their partners to obtain the security they require when they make their way to Windows 10.”
So far as individuals are concerned, upgrading prior to the January 2020 deadline may be the only option. Microsoft will stop servicing consumer versions of Windows 7 on January 14, and also the company recommends users to make the switch to Windows 10 for enhanced security and continued support.