Windows 7 Pro & Enterprise = $
In a recent blog post Microsoft announced it will no longer provide security updates for Windows 7 as of January 14, 2020. Many businesses still use the popular operating system, some estimates put it at 38.65% according to StatCounter.
Microsoft didn’t provide pricing but stated the “extended support package” will be sold on a per-device basis and will increase every year. It will be available only for Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise – not home versions of the OS.
Microsoft has used this tactic before when they encouraged users to ditch Windows XP. They offered a free upgrade again last year to Windows 10 when it first became available but that offer has since expired.
Now you must either: 1) Pay to upgrade to Windows 10, or 2) If you are running a business with the specific OS’s mentioned pay to receive ongoing security support. This also encourages (forces) all laggards to update and get on the latest versions of Windows under the guise of “Helping customers shift to a modern desktop”.
With so many systems running Windows 7, mainly for its ease of use and familiarity, it will be interesting to see how businesses react appropriately. If internal I.T. departments are proactive to execute a simple OS update they will experience a short drop in productivity immediately after updates. Of course, as staff become accustom and familiar they will experience improved security and increased productivity.
Don’t delay an update and risk possible security breaches or worse, complete loss of data. Upgrade your systems to Windows 10 now and ensure your company is utilizing the best possible software for your business. Contact your local I.T. professionals, Response I.T. at 613 549-5568 or email us here.