Although Microsoft is trying very hard to push Windows 7 users towards Windows 10. However, many enterprises are still struggling to deal with various issues. Earlier this year Microsoft announced its plans to retire Windows in January 2020. However, the company is going to offer extended security updates on a per device basis and the price will continue to increase on a yearly basis.
If we look at the scenario, approximately half of the enterprise users have not upgraded yet. It was an alarming situation keeping in mind that the end of support deadline is just four months away. Now the Redmond giant has come up with a solution to this problem.
Microsoft’s plan will allow Windows 7 enterprise users to continue receiving patches after the due date. The company is offering a limited-time promotion. The subscribers to the promotion will get one-year Windows 7 extended security updates for no additional charges.
Notably, this opportunity is only available to Enterprise Agreement (EA) and Enterprise Subscription Agreement (EAS) on a specific condition. You should be an active subscriber of Microsoft 365 E5, Microsoft 365 E5 Security and Windows 10 E5 to be eligible for free Windows 7 Extended Security Updates. Microsoft describes the condition in a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document about the end of support deadline for Office 2010 and Windows 7.
Enterprise Agreement and Enterprise Agreement Subscription (EA and EAS) customers with active subscription licenses to Windows 10 Enterprise E5, Microsoft 365 E5, or Microsoft 365 E5 Security will get Windows 7 Extended Security Updates for Year 1 as a benefit.
The promotion is active for around 6 months from June 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019. It is worth noting that this promotion is not available for Education E5 SKUs and it is only limited to Government E5 SKUs.
Furthermore, Windows 7 Extended Security Updates are also available free of cost for Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) users for a period of three years. Microsoft plans to release Windows Virtual Desktop for the general public next month.
The promotional plan for enterprise users sounds like a sense of relief for Microsoft 365 and Windows Enterprise users. Those who do not take advantage of the promotional discount would have to pay a significant amount for extended security. The add-on begins with $25 per device during the first year. Those who continue to stick to Windows 7, would have to pay $50 and $100 per device during the second and third years.
The price plan for Windows 7 Pro users is $50, $100 and $200 per device for the first, second and third years. Keeping in mind the increasing price plan, it is the right time to make a decision.