Windows 7 support ends in January 2020 and there’s nothing that buyers and small enterprise customers– learn non-Enterprise prospects — can do about it. Microsoft will not launch safety updates, any replace to be exact, for client variations of Windows 7 after January 2020.
Microsoft introduced final yr that it will supply paid extended help choices to quantity licensing prospects.
The firm didn’t reveal any pricing again then however talked about that help could be extended for a most of three years after help finish and that extending help would turn into costlier per yr.
Mary Jo Foley bought her arms on the extended help prices and different info associated to extending the help interval of the Windows 7 working system.
Microsoft will cost Enterprise prospects the next sum of money per yr and system in response to her info:
Windows 7 Professional
- Year 1 — $50 per system
- Year 2 — $100 per system
- Year three — $200 per system
Windows 7 Enterprise
- Year 1 — $25 per system
- Year 2 — $50 per system
- Year three — $100 per system
The extended help interval begins in January 2020 when Windows 7 help ends formally and it ends in January 2023 for good. Customers must pay Microsoft for the primary yr to be eligible for help within the second, and for the second yr to be eligible for extended help within the third yr.
There isn’t any minimal buy crucial; extended help signifies that Microsoft will present prospects with cumulative safety updates for the Windows 7 working system for every year funds are made.
It is up for debate whether or not extended help prices “two arms and three legs” as Woody Leonhard sees it, or whether or not it’s affordable when corporations weight the prices of extended help towards the prices of upgrading programs and coaching workers.
I would like to take a look at a hypothetical and unrealistic situation:
Would you pay Microsoft for extended help?
Microsoft presents help extensions for Windows 7 solely to Enterprise prospects. What if Microsoft would make the identical supply to Home customers?
Would you, if you run a tool with Windows 7, pay Microsoft for extended help? It would value $350 to increase help by three years; that is greater than a brand new copy of Windows eight.1 or 10 prices proper now, and that isn’t even making an allowance for that you can get them dead cheap or possibly even upgrade the device to Windows 10 for free.
The benefit that comes out of extended help is much like the benefit that Enterprise prospects get: the working system is sweet for one other three years earlier than it must be switched (ignoring the choice to proceed utilizing the working system with out safety patches).
Now You: Would you pay Microsoft for an extended help interval?