O Windows 7 it will lose support in January 2020, when it will no longer receive free security updates: from that date, updates will only be available to business customers and will cost up to $ 200 per PC. However, Microsoft is running a promotion: companies that subscribe to the Windows E5 or Microsoft 365 E5 plans take a year of updates at no additional cost.
After that, the company is expected to pay $ 50 per PC if it wants to receive updates for another year, until January 2022. Microsoft will have security patches by January 2023; in this final stretch, they will cost $ 100 per PC. (These amounts are charged once a year.)
The promotion applies to subscribers of Windows E5, Microsoft 365 E5 or Microsoft 365 Government G5 (sold to governments). You must have an active subscription on December 31, 2019, and maintain it throughout 2020, to receive the benefit. Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate will be covered.
Microsoft charges up to $ 200 to upgrade Windows 7
Microsoft 365 E5 is the most expensive subscription for companies: it includes Windows 10, Office suite, OneDrive for Business, advanced threat protection, among others. The Government plan offers the same resources, but it is designed to follow the “regulatory controls” defined by the government. It is also possible to purchase only one operating system subscription, such as Windows E5 or Windows E3.
Windows E3 customers are expected to pay $ 25 per PC annually if they want Windows 7 updates in 2020. The price rises to $ 50 in the second year and $ 100 in the third year.
The values are higher for companies with Windows 10 Pro: US $ 50 per PC in the first year, then US $ 100 and US $ 200. Check the table below:
Microsoft sells these updates as a “last resort”; she continues to recommend that companies migrate to Windows 10. There is also the option of running Windows 7 on a virtual machine in the cloud, through Azure; in this case, updates will be free.
For consumers, nothing changes for now: support for Windows 7 ends in January 2020.