Windows 7 Not Dead: Microsoft Offering 2 Years Extra Support If You Choose To Pay

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  1. hmscott

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    Windows 7 Not Dead: Microsoft Offering 2 Years Extra Support If You Choose To Pay
    Adarsh Verma, September 7, 2018
    https://fossbytes.com/microsoft-offering-extended-windows-7-support-pay/

    "In the past, Microsoft announced its plans to end Windows 7 support on January 14, 2020. It seems that not enough users are migrating to the newer Windows 10 and it has prompted the company to offer two years extra support to customers who choose to pay for it.

    It’s a known fact that tons of Enterprise customers are still running Windows 7 installations on their computers.

    As a part of the Extended Security Updates (ESU) plan, Windows 7 will continue receiving security updates until January 2023.

    It’s worth noting that ESU plan is only available to customers running Windows 7 Professional and Enterprise editions.

    In case users extend the support, Microsoft will also ensure that they’ll be able to run Office 365 ProPlus on Windows 7 devices through January 2023.

    Apart from the extended Windows 7 support, Microsoft has also offered a new Desktop App Assure feature. Available at no extra cost, this service ensures that most of the apps designed for Windows 7 will continue to work on Windows 10. If some user faces any problem, he/she can file a ticket via Microsoft FastTrack service.

    Which operating system are your currently using? Tell us what you love the most about it in comments and keep reading Fossbytes."
     
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    Microsoft tells volume customers they can stay on Windows 7... for a bit longer... for a fee
    Made the jump to Win10? Have an extra 12/30 months of September support
    By Richard Speed 6 Sep 2018 at 18:02
    https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/09/06/windows_7_extended_support/

    "Windows 7 hold-outs were thrown a lifeline by Microsoft today – as were administrators exhausted by the pace of Windows 10 updates.

    Want Windows 7 support until 2023? Sure thing, but it’ll cost you
    Windows 7 remains the most popular variant of Microsoft’s operating systems on corporate desktops, and enterprises are not showing much inclination to make the leap into the double digit future of Windows 10, even with extended support for the veteran operating system ending on 14 January, 2020.

    In an announcement issued today, Redmond's veep for Office and Windows marketing Jared Spataro took the unusual step of confirming that, yes, if your pockets are deep enough, Redmond will keep flinging out security updates for Win7 for another three years.

    Spataro went on explain that the Extended Security Updates (ESU) would be available to all Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise customers in the software giant’s volume licencing program, sold on a per device basis with the cost increasing every year.

    The plan is not unheard of (Windows XP continued to quietly receive fixes-for-a-fee for some time) if you paid enough, though it is highly unusual for Microsoft to be quite so public about its offering. The news will have smoothed the furrowed brows of enterprise admins looking nervously at their armies of Windows 7 installations.

    The extension of Windows 7 support is also good news for Office 365 ProPlus subscribers, which will see the product supported on the elderly OS until the ESU period comes to an end in 2023.

    Need more time to plan for Windows 10 feature updates? How does 30 months sound?
    In the same announcement, Microsoft faced up to the fact that the hectic pace of Windows 10 updates was not to the liking of its enterprise and education customers. The slinger of Windows patches announced that the currently supported feature updates (1607, 1703, 1709 and 1803) will now receive 30 months of support from their original release dates.

    The September feature updates of Windows 10 (including the increasingly oddly named ‘October 2018 Update’) will also get 30 months of attention from Microsoft. Feature updates targeted for March will continue to only see 18 months of support. IT professionals therefore have a clear indicator of which of Microsoft’s two-updates-a-year they should be deploying.

    Sadly, since Microsoft has shown no inclination to step back from its determination to fling out two Windows 10 updates per year, the response “none of them” is not an option. "

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    Helping customers shift to a modern desktop
    By Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President for Office and Windows Marketing, on September 6, 2018
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/mic.../helping-customers-shift-to-a-modern-desktop/

    "...
    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 365ProPlus 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.

    Please reach out to your partner or Microsoft account team for further details.
    ..."
     
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    Good cop/bad cop. Is MS really doing anyone a favor by giving extra time for WIndows 7? They will increase the cost each year until 2023 until users finally make the move to Windows10. Sounds like the beginning of the Windows OS subscription service.
     
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    MS did this for Windows XP => Windows XP ended on April 8, 2014, Windows Vista had a long tail ending April 11, 2017, and now Windows 7 is getting an extension - it's kind of a tradition since many users don't need to upgrade to a newer OS to do their work / fun and would prefer to keep it going as long as possible.

    And, many still run end of support OS's and will until the computer finally gets recycled years from now.

    You can still get Windows 10 "for free" using old Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1 keys or without activation, or with a $10-15 key available from legit providers - whether the keys are in the correct region is another question...

    I would imagine Microsoft would like to get more money how ever they can dream up a model, like monthly, but the likely scenario is Microsoft bundling the OS with MS Office as part of the monthly cost.

    IDK if I see a standalone OS monthly program going over well. It would probably take some kind of functional feature bundle, like Office, or Xbox / MS Gaming.

    It's nice to hear MS will continue providing security patches for another 30 months for Windows 7, considering Windows 7 market share is still 42.45%. :)
     
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    True ********.
    Microshite should think twice about doing this.
    It's the second beloved OS on the face of the planet besides XP and you dare doing that.
    True for businesses but for us users,nah.
    When the Linux boat is fully repaired(games and apps etc and laptop's optimiztion etc) I will jump.For now,this crap will live.
     
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    Maybe I would if I could actually use windows 7 on my kaby lake machine....
     
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    You actually can.
    It's just the drivers and bypassing the artificial blockage created by Wintel(M$+Intel).
     
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    No, it doesn't. Kaby Lake Intel HD 630 will not initialized graphics even with the gigabyte beta driver that was unofficially released
     
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    I have read somewhere that you can mod the driver for use on 7.
    Anyway,Windows 10 has fallen way too far for redemption.
     
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