Home windows 7’s free assist interval ends on January 14, 2020. Microsoft is providing three years of assist updates for the working system on a paid foundation with a brand new program referred to as Prolonged Safety Updates (ESU). In contrast to earlier after-life assist choices for Home windows, which had been provided as a part of individually negotiated assist contracts, the Home windows 7 ESU updates shall be out there to any quantity license buyer, no matter measurement or gross sales channel.
Pricing for this assist has now leaked to Mary Jo Foley. For organizations already subscribing to Home windows Enterprise, the primary 12 months of updates will price a further $25 per machine. This doubles to $50 for the second 12 months and $100 for the third 12 months. Organizations cannot skip a 12 months, both; earlier years should be paid for to acquire the 12 months two and 12 months three assist. For corporations sticking with Home windows 7 Professional as an alternative of subscribing to Home windows Enterprise, the primary 12 months will price $50 per machine and can double every subsequent 12 months to $100 after which $200.
There is not any minimal buy for the ESU subscriptions, so corporations can purchase as few as they want. It isn’t clear if there shall be any quantity reductions for bigger deployments nonetheless caught with the legacy working system.
Microsoft will little doubt hope this pricing serves as an incentive for organizations to modify to utilizing Home windows Digital Desktop for his or her Home windows 7 programs. These cloud-hosted digital machines will obtain the Home windows 7 ESU updates at no further price past the fundamental license, plus the price of the digital machine they run on.
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