Microsoft has changed the terms of operating system support for Windows 7, which, despite its venerable age, is still popular.

Initially, it was expected that extended support would end on January 14, 2020. But now for business users terms are shifted.

Microsoft clarified that the support of corporate versions of the system can last until January 2023, but for an additional fee, as part of the service Windows 7 ESU ( Extended Security Updates – extended security updates). 

You will need to pay for each PC, and the price will grow every year. Apparently, in Redmond they intend to make money by users by any means: either by demanding payment for an outdated OS, or forcing to switch to Windows 10.

The Windows 7 ESU service will be available for  Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise with a corporate license. And owners of Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education will be offered a discount. Access to the cloud-based Office 365 ProPlus service will be preserved, but only if the company paid the ESU before January 2023.

It is not yet clear whether the beginning of 2023 will be the final of the “seven”, or the company will still extend support again. Although the latter, given the desire for a billion devices on Windows 10, is unlikely.