There are lots of computers out there that are still running Windows 7 even though we’re now on Windows 10. The reasons for staying on an older operating system like Windows 7 are many, but many people feel that Windows 7 is working just fine for them. Either that, or they don’t want to pay for new software. In the business or governmental realm, it can be a huge undertaking to move hundreds of PCs from one version of Windows to a new version, especially with custom, one off software in the mix.
Microsoft had promised Windows 7 extended support through January 2020. After that ended, there would be no more security updates. Microsoft has noted that despite the end of service being a few years away, some big clients might be on a longer trajectory for being able to migrate to Windows 10. As better serve them, Microsoft has decided that it will continue offering Windows 7 Extended Security Updates through January 2023, giving users three more time to upgrade to Windows 10.
The caveat is that the updates past January 2020 will be sold to users on a single device basis. The price to buy those updates will also go up each year. Extended Service Updates will be offered to Windows 7 Pro and Windows 7 Enterprise customers in Volume Licensing. That means some Home version users won’t be able to get the updates.
McGlaun, S. (2018, September 09). Clinging To Windows 7? Microsoft Will Eventually Charge For Security Updates. Retrieved September 9, 2018, from https://hothardware.com/news/windows-7-security-updates-extended