Enhanced support for Windows 10 and paid upgrades for Windows 7

Enhanced support for Windows 10 and paid upgrades for Windows 7

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Head of Marketing for Office and Windows said that organizations will be able to extend the period of support for Windows 7 for 3 years, and Windows 10 editions of Enterprise and Education will move to a 30-month period of support

September 6, Microsoft made two important statements related to the change in the period of support for Windows 7 and Windows 10 operating systems.

Extended security updates for Windows 7

Support for Windows 7 will end on January 14, 2020, which means that after this date, Microsoft will stop releasing security updates for this operating system.

Now, corporate users will be able to extend the support period by 3 years, that is, until January 2023.

This offer will be available on a paid basis to all customers “with Volume Licensing of Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise”, and “participants of the Microsoft Software Assurance support program and holders of Windows 10 Enterprise or Windows 10 Education licenses” will be able to receive a discount for the extended support that will be sold separately for each device.

Spartaro notes that Office 365 ProPlus will be supported on Windows 7 devices with extended support – Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU).

Home users will not be able to use this offer.

The second change concerns users of Windows 10 editions of Enterprise and Education. Microsoft plans to extend the period of support for these versions of Windows under certain circumstances to 30 months. Now Enterprise and Education are supported for 18 months, with the exception of versions of LTSB (Long Term Servicing Branch).

The most important changes are:

Releases Windows 10 Enterprise and Education will be supported for 30 months if the target release is the second major update of Windows 10 functions for the year (September-October period).
All currently supported versions of Enterprise and Education will receive extended support for a total duration of 30 months from the initial release.
March releases will be supported only 18 months.
Versions of Windows 10 other than Enterprise and Education will be supported for 18 months from the release date, regardless of the time of the update (in March or September).
Microsoft believes that these changes will give organizations and educational institutions “more time and flexibility in the cycle of updating Windows 10”.

Note that Windows 7 still remains a popular operating system for PCs and, given the past experience of Windows XP, it can be assumed that the completion of OS support will not result in total migration to supported systems. In this case, extended support will really be as relevant as ever.

Nevertheless, extended support is offered on a paid basis and is available only to users of Enterprise and Education. Small businesses and home users will not be able to use this option.

The renewal of support for the September updates of Windows 10 features is a welcome change for system administrators, because it gives them “time to breathe.” Again, this change only affects users of Enterprise and Education.