Microsoft will now offer paid updates for Windows 7 beyond 2020

Yolanda Curtis
September 9, 2018

Then, in February 2018, Microsoft announced similar six-month "servicing extensions for Windows 10", but this time with a noteworthy gotcha: The new, 24-month support lifecycle applied only to Enterprise and Education editions.

The best thing about this app is that it will be offered to Windows 10 Education and Windows 10 Enterprise customers at no additional cost. Windows 10 Build 17754 comes with fixes for Action Center, Microsoft Edge PWA integration, and more.

The currently supported feature updates for Windows 10 Enterprise and Education editions versions 1607, 1703, 1709 and 1803 will now be supported for 30 months from their original release date.


Microsoft seems to have realised that its twice-per-year update cadence has been an issue for businesses. This will allow customers with longer deployment cycles the time they need to plan, test, and deploy. The Windows Analytics service, which provides an overview of device health, compatibility issues, update compliance, and upgrade readiness, is being expanded to a new Desktop Analytics service. In the case of XP, Microsoft also offered custom support contracts for businesses and governments that just couldn't move off of the aged operating system.

Customers of Windows 10 Home, Pro, and Pro for Workstations will continue to receive only 18 months of updates for both March and September releases.

Last year in April, Microsoft had announced that it will release scheduled updates for Windows 10 twice-per-year targeting March and September of each year. Users can conveniently expect that applications which work on Windows 7 shall continue to work on Windows 10 and related feature updates. According to Microsoft blog, more details on this new service will be shared at Ignite and will possibly begin to preview this service on 1 October 2018 in North America.


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Earlier it was reported that extended support for Windows 7 ends January 14, 2020. You also have the option of installing it onto Windows Server 2016/2019 with Desktop Experience.

These new Windows 7 ESU will be sold on a per-device basis, but businesses should be aware that the price for this extended support will increase each year, so the longer it takes to upgrade to Windows 10, the more you'll need to pay. The platform is steadily increasing market share and with Windows 7 support ending in less than two years, a boom of upgrades are expected. Access to the cloud, Office 365 ProPlus will remain on Windows 7 ESU paid until January 2023.


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