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  • Foley: Win7 Extended Support Updates will cost two arms and three legs

    Posted on February 6th, 2019 at 06:02 admin Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Mary Jo Foley, posting on ZDNet, has come across some official information about the price of extended support for Win7 — security patches to be delivered after Win7 reaches end of life on January 14, 2020.

    If your organization’s running Win7 Pro, it’ll cost $50 per device for the first year, $100 for the second and $200 for the third.

    For Win7 Enterprise, it’s $25, $50 and $100.

    You have to be a volume licensing “active customer” in order to qualify to spend the extra bucks.

    Microsoft hasn’t confirmed the numbers.

  • No, Microsoft has NOT “confirmed” a new monthly charge for Win7

    Posted on September 9th, 2018 at 06:36 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I can’t believe the FUD.

    If you had a volume license for Windows XP, and you wanted to continue to get XP security patches after it reached end of life, you could pay Microsoft to extend the support. It was (and, I believe, still is) a monthly charge that gets larger over time.

    MS announced that they’re doing the same thing with Windows 7. Which shouldn’t surprise anybody.

    Windows 7 Extended Security Updates

    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.

    The security patches will only be offered to organizations with increasingly deep pockets.

    Microsoft didn’t “relent.” It isn’t a “new monthly charge.” They didn’t “change software update strategy.”

    Sound and fury.

    UPDATE: Gregg Keizer has the whole, accurate story on Computerworld.

  • The Win7/Skylake controversy

    Posted on January 22nd, 2016 at 13:59 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Would somebody please explain to me how Microsoft can retroactively chop off extended support for Windows 7?

    Oh. The “support list” has just been published.

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