Microsoft will charge up to $ 200 for Windows 7 PC to deliver a year of operating system security updates after being officially retired in January, according to a corporate document.
"Extended Windows 7 Security Updates" (ESU), which will add security support until January 2023, was announced in September 2018.
At the time, Microsoft said that additional support would be sold per device and in increments of one year up to three years.
Although the company has admitted that prices will "increase every year", Microsoft has not disclosed the costs of ESU of Windows 7. Afterwards, Computerworld has identified a document for the partners and the company's sales staff, which will double their prices every year.
"We believe that the vast majority of customers who need to purchase Windows 7 ESU will need only one year of coverage," said the document explaining the jumps.
"The annual price increases help to cover our additional engineering costs to provide support and are intended to encourage customers to continue their momentum in Windows 10 implementations."
But while the Word document contained a price list, it was obscured. Only when the document was previewed in macOS or saved in a different format, such as a web page or PDF, the list became visible.
The least expensive price line – US $ 25- $ 50- $ 100 for PC for the first, second and third year, respectively – was for current subscribers of Windows 10 Enterprise or Microsoft 365 Enterprise (last issue is a larger bundle that also includes Office 365 as Windows 10).
More expensive – twice the price – is the $ 50 to $ 100- $ 200 PC line for customers who want to migrate to Windows 10 Pro instead of Enterprise.
To cover a single Windows 7 PC for the three years it will run a $ 175 US company if it is now a Windows 10 Enterprise customer, or US $ 350 for Windows 7 system if it is not, and plans to never become one.
Microsoft has used other incentives to drive companies to adopt more expensive and more capable Windows 10 Enterprise over Pro; the ESU price is simply another example.
Microsoft has also spelled out other ESU provisions, including requiring companies to pay for previous years if they enter coverage in the second or third year (perhaps because they started exterminating Windows 7 partway until 2020, but then did not follow). .
Furthermore, the ESU does not have minimum purchasing requirements, such as a number of low-end devices to be covered.
Windows 7 machines will continue to receive support for Office 365 ProPlus while they are covered by ESU (unsupported Windows 7 PCs will not receive ProPlus support after January 14, 2020), as well as Internet Explorer 11 (IE11).
Microsoft has stated that ESU will be available from multiple volume channels by the end of the year from official partners or Microsoft sales teams.
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