Windows 7's free support period ends on January 14, 2020. Microsoft is offering three years of support updates for the operating system on a paid basis with a new program called Extended Security Updates. Unlike previous after-life support options for Windows, which were offered as part of separately negotiated support contracts, the Windows 7 ESU updates will be available to any volume license customer, regardless of size or sales channel. Pricing for this support has now leaked to Mary Jo Foley. For organizations already subscribing to Windows Enterprise, the first year of updates will cost an additional $25 per device. This doubles to $50 for the second year and $100 for the third year. Organizations can't skip a year, either; previous years must be paid for to obtain the year two and year three support. For companies sticking with Windows 7 Pro instead of subscribing to Windows Enterprise, the first year will cost $50 per device and will double each subsequent year to $100 and … [Read more...] about Windows 7 Extended Security Updates will double in price each year
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If your business is still running on Windows 7, you have some important decisions to make, and not a lot of time remaining. Windows 7 support officially ends in less than a year, on January 14, 2020. After that date, Microsoft will stop delivering security updates automatically, and by then most third-party vendors will have dropped support as well.Most businesses completed their planning for migration to Windows 10 long ago and are in the final stages of implementing that plan. If you're still procrastinating, it's time to get serious.You have, by my calculation, four options. Which one you choose depends on why your organization is still clinging to Windows 7.If the main reason is inertia, you'll need to find something to motivate yourself. You could, for example, calculate the costs of cleaning up after a successful ransomware attack that spreads over your network, including the loss of business while you scramble to recover. If you're in a regulated industry, you might want to find … [Read more...] about Windows 7: What is your company’s exit strategy?
Today is an important date to note for Windows 7 users, because in exactly a year’s time, on January 14, 2020, all support for the operating system will cease, meaning that Microsoft will no longer deliver updates or critical security patches.In other words, you’ve only got a year left before you need to consider moving to Windows 10 (or some manner of alternative).Mainstream support for Windows 7 ended back in January 2015, but extended support, whereby Microsoft continues to deliver updates and fixes any vulnerabilities in the OS, runs for a further five years. So as mentioned, that means it all comes to a grinding halt in January 2020.At that point, if holes are found in the OS which allow exploits to be leveraged by malicious types, there won’t be any patches provided, so you will continue to use the operating system at your own risk.Of course, when it comes to businesses, they will be able to negotiate for extended support to continue – but companies will … [Read more...] about Microsoft is ending Windows 7 support one year from today
In its continued efforts to encourage corporate customers to make the switch to Windows 10, Microsoft is shaking up its support and lifecycle plans again. Support for some Windows 10 releases is being extended, and the company is offering new services to help detect and address compatibility issues should they arise. The new policy builds on and extends the commitments made in February this year. Microsoft has settled on two annual feature updates (the "Semi-Annual Channel," SAC) to Windows 10; one finalized in March (and delivered in April), the other finalized in September (and delivered in October). Initially, the company promised 18 months of support for each feature update, a policy that would allow customers to defer deployment of feature updates or even skip some updates entirely. Going forward, the September releases are going to see even longer support periods: for Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education, each September release will receive 30 months of servicing. In … [Read more...] about Windows 10 support extended again: September releases now get 30 months
Video: Windows 10 April 2018 Update: Here's what you can expect.The Windows 10 April 2018 Update is the fastest Windows rollout of Windows 10 since it was first released in 2015, according to Windows-focused ad analytics firm AdDuplex. Windows 10 version 1803 -- the April 2018 Update -- hit 50 percent market share in one month, while the Fall Creators Update or version 1709 and the Creators Update or version 1609 respectively took two months and three months to reach that milestone, AdDuplex reports. Windows 10 1803 has been available to download since April 30, and has been pushed out by Microsoft since May 7. Speedy adoption could be a sign the update is being welcomed by Windows 10 users, which might be true if it weren't for all the problems they have been facing. As Windows watcher Paul Thurrott puts it, the speed of this rollout is "irresponsibly worse" than he expected because of all these bugs. Last week saw a surge in complaints from users stuck on a black screen … [Read more...] about Windows 10 April 2018 Update: Problems knock users but adoption still soars to 50%