Last year, Microsoft gave us some devastating news. Microsoft stated they would be ending support for Windows 7 in January of 2020. Windows 7 is Microsoft’s most popular Operating System to date. You might think that ending support for an Operating System released in 2009 might not be that big of a deal. However, this is a huge deal for a lot of people. Millions of people still use Windows 7 and at the moment. Currently, Windows 7 is the second most used Windows Operating System in the World.
A reported 33.89% of users still use Windows 7 today, which makes the figure of users in the millions.
Windows 7 Extended Support Plan
After the announcement that Windows 7’s support would be ending, reports started circulating regarding a new extended support plan for Windows 7. Microsoft made this decision due to several reasons. Mostly in big companies its a logistical problem.
The “Extended Security Updates” (ESU) for Windows 7 will offer a 3-year extension from the original 2020 deadline date, hence ending January 2023.
The “Extended Security Updates” (ESU) will be available for Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Enterprise, and Windows 7 Ultimate. The “Extended Security Updates” (ESU) will not offer any new features or major updates but will only contain major security patches and updates which Microsoft will deem “critical” and “important” as the name of the program suggests. Users will not have access to the Help Desk support either. General Manager of Microsoft 365, Bernardo Caldas stated, “Security remains our biggest priority, and Windows 10 provides the most secure experience.”
The Updates will not come cheap, well at least not in the later stage of the program. The Update starts out cheap, costing 50$ per device for Windows 7 Pro with a 25$ Windows Enterprise add-on. In the second year, the price doubles, costing 100$ per device for the Windows 7 Pro with a 50$ Windows Enterprise add-on. While in the last year the prices rise to 200$ per device for the Windows 7 Pro with a 100$ Windows Enterprise add-on.
Microsoft has announced that starting April 1, 2019, businesses will be able to buy the Extended Security Updates (ESU).
Microsoft’s Push To Upgrade To Windows 10
Microsoft has been trying to get users running old versions of Windows to upgrade to Windows 10 ever since it’s launch. First, Microsoft made Windows 10 completely free for users upgrading from the Windows 7 or 8. However, users did not really use this as a stepping stone to upgrade to Windows 10. Afterward, Microsoft offered many discounts on Windows 10. Maybe the Extended Security Updates could be Microsoft’s attempt to force users into getting Windows 10. As Microsoft states;
“All good things must come to an end, even Windows 7. After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7. But you can keep the good times rolling by moving to Windows 10.”