I'm still getting used to living in a small town. This time, it's the neighbors. I've lived in much bigger cities where I never even met my neighbors during my entire residence there. Here, the neighbors are more sociable, sometimes bringing cookies or fudge, sometimes complaining about Windows, and sometimes offering tips on my power tool posture when fixing my porch.Also: Microsoft's Windows 7 has one year of free support leftIt's kind of delightful, in a "How did this happen to me?" kind of way. In any case, one neighbor came over to say "Hi" when I took Pixel pup outside, and then a guy from down the street who was walking by also decided to meander over for a visit. Neighbor One had asked my plans for the day, and I explained I was about to go in and start testing a review product using a Windows 10 VPN. That got him started on a rant about Microsoft, Windows, Amazon, Jeff Bezos' peccadillos, the President, whether Tilly is getting too much screen time on Star Trek, and then … [Read more...] about I like Windows 7: Why should I pay to move to Windows 10?
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There’s now less than a year left before Microsoft ends extended support for Windows 7. With that deadline approaching, the company has announced its pricing plan for businesses and enterprises that want to pay up and still run the nearly ten-year-old operating system but stay secure with the latest security updates after 2020, according to a report from Petri. Come January 2020, pricing for Windows 7 Professional support will start at $50 per device, with Windows 10 Enterprise coming in as an additional add-on at a rate of $25 per device. In 2021, the price for Windows 7 Professional support will increase to $100 per device, and the Windows 10 Enterprise add-on coming in at $50 per device. Finally, in 2022, Windows 7 Professional support ends at $200 per device, and Enterprise at $100 per device. The support rates essentially double over a three-year period, which can quickly add up for tight-budget businesses with multiple computers. Microsoft is likely going with this … [Read more...] about Here’s what it will cost to stay on Windows 7 when extended support ends in 2020
When Windows 7 reaches its End of Life on January 14 2020, Microsoft will no longer support the aging operating system, which means anyone using Windows 7 could be at risk as there will be no more free security patches.However, with many people – and businesses – still using Windows 7 (we reported a few days ago that Windows 7 is actually gaining users), this could leave a lot of people in the lurch, which is why late last year Microsoft announced it would be offering Windows 7 Extended Security Updates for a fee.It has now been revealed who will be eligible for those extended security updates (ESU), and how much they will cost.Here’s everything you need to know about how to prepare for Windows 7 End of LifeThe cost of supportMicrosoft has apparently disclosed how much these updates will cost, and they will be made available to Enterprise and Microsoft 365 customers, which can buy the Windows 7 Extended Security Updates on a per device basis.These updates are aimed at … [Read more...] about Want to keep using Windows 7 after 2020? It’ll cost you
It’s not surprising to see PC users running an old version of Windows. Whether they refuse to switch to Windows 10’s service model or their IT department is lazy, it’s still pretty common to see PC’s running Windows 7. It might be a good time to move on now. Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or free support for Windows 7 one year from today. Here be gadgets Not here exactly, but on our new hardware site Plugged. Here Windows 7 was a huge success for Microsoft. Windows tends to come in good-bad cycles, and after the much-reviled Vista, its successor arrived as a breath of fresh air. Then came Windows 8, which few people cared for, and though Windows 10 was a major improvement, Microsoft’s new update-driven model and integrated ads turned many users off from Microsoft’s latest OS. Such was Windows 7’s popularity that it wasn’t until a few days ago that Windows 10 surpassed its user numbers. Even now, Windows 7 is still … [Read more...] about Goodbye old friend: Microsoft to end support for Windows 7 in one year
Windows 7, 8 and Windows 8.1 users will no longer be able to ask Microsoft staff for help on the official forums, the company announced in early June. Writing a short announcement on the company site, the Redmond giant says that starting next month, its employees will no longer provide technical support.“There will be no proactive reviews, monitoring, answering or answer marking of questions,” Michelle Mad wrote in the announcement.Users will still be able to access the forum and get advice from each other, but no Microsoft employees will be participating in the discussions. They will, however, stick around to moderate the forums, just to make sure it doesn’t turn into a new 4chan.“The forums will still be moderated by Microsoft agents to ensure participants can engage in a safe and positive environment,” the post reads.“Microsoft Community participants are welcome and encouraged to continue to use the forum to ask questions and post answers with … [Read more...] about Microsoft kills support forums for Windows 7 and 8