Windows 7 Extended Security Updates ends on January 14, 2020, however, many customers still have not yet deployed Windows 10.
With that in mind, Microsoft has announced that those customers will be able to receive Extended Security Updates (ESUs) until January 2023. But, with a catch, this support will now come as paid.
Meaning, Microsoft will now offer “paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) through January 2023. ”
Windows 7 ESU will be sold on a per-device basis, the company said. Adding, the “price of ESU will increase each year.”
With this move, Microsoft aims to move all existing Windows 7 customers to Windows 10.
Windows 7 ESUs offer is valid and available to all Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise customers that use Volume Licensing.
However, customers with Windows software assurance, Windows 10 Enterprise or Windows 10 Education subscriptions can take benefit of discount that Microsoft is giving out to these customers. It did not provide any actual discounting price.
In addition, to Windows 7 ESUs, the company also announced some changes to Office 365 ProPlus support that now lets paying Windows 7 ESU customers to be able to install Office 365 ProPlus through January 2023.
Microsoft also made corrections to its February announcement, where it said that beginning in 2020, Office 365 will no more work on Windows 8.1 and older systems. Now, said, it can be run on Windows 8.1 until January 2023. Which is also the end of the extended support date for the OS.
Microsoft made a number of announcements today regarding Windows support. Windows 10 Enterprise and Education SKUs are getting 30 months of support now. You can read more about this here.
This time around, the ESU program is being run out of Microsoft’s Volume Licensing Unit and Core Windows Engineering “is producing these updates like a product,” Spataro explained.
“We want to encourage people to get off Windows 7, but we want to make it more than something punitive,” he said.