Microsoft will cost as a lot as $200 per Home windows 7 PC to ship a 12 months’s price of OS safety updates after it is formally retired in January, in line with an organization doc.
“Home windows 7 Prolonged Safety Updates” (ESU), which can add safety assist by January 2023, was introduced in September 2018. On the time, Microsoft mentioned the add-on assist can be bought on a per-device foundation and in one-year increments for as much as three years.
Though the corporate admitted that costs “will improve annually,” Microsoft didn’t reveal Home windows 7 ESU’s prices. Later, Computerworld situated a doc geared toward companions and the agency’s personal salesforce that mentioned costs would double annually.
“We imagine that the overwhelming majority of consumers who have to buy Home windows 7 ESU will want just one 12 months of protection,” the doc mentioned in explaining the jumps. “The annual value will increase assist cowl our extra engineering prices of offering the assist and are meant to incent clients to proceed their momentum on Home windows 10 deployments.”
However whereas the Phrase doc contained a value record, it was blanked. Solely when the doc was previewed in macOS or saved in a distinct format, akin to an internet web page or a PDF, did the record turn into seen.
This Microsoft doc laid out the price of Home windows 7 Prolonged Safety Updates (ESU), the three-year assist extension for enterprises which are not in a position to remove the outdated OS earlier than its January 2020 retirement.
The least costly value line – $25-$50-$100 per PC for the primary, second and third years, respectively – was for present subscribers of Home windows 10 Enterprise or Microsoft 365 Enterprise (the latter is an even bigger bundle that features Workplace 365 in addition to Home windows 10).
Costlier – double the worth – is the $50-$100-$200-per-PC line for purchasers who plan on migrating to Home windows 10 Professional relatively than Enterprise.
To cowl a single Home windows 7 PC for the three years will run an organization $175 if it is now a Home windows 10 Enterprise buyer, or $350 per Home windows 7 system if it is not, and plans on by no means turning into one. Microsoft has used different incentives to push corporations to undertake the dearer, extra succesful Home windows 10 Enterprise over Professional; the ESU pricing is just one other instance.
Microsoft additionally spelled out different ESU provisions, together with requiring corporations to pay for previous 12 months(s) in the event that they bounce into protection on the second or third 12 months (maybe as a result of they gambled on exterminating Home windows 7 partway by 2020, however then did not observe by). Additionally, ESU has no minimal buy requirement, say, a bottom-end variety of units to cowl.
Home windows 7 machines will proceed to obtain assist for Workplace 365 ProPlus whereas they’re coated by ESU (unsupported Home windows 7 PCs won’t get ProPlus assist after Jan. 14, 2020), as will Web Explorer 11 (IE11).
Microsoft mentioned that ESU will probably be accessible from a number of quantity licensing channels later this 12 months from official companions or Microsoft’s personal gross sales groups.