On 7 of July 2009, Microsoft introduced Windows 7. Until a few days ago this operating system had the most market shares in terms of PC uses and still running on half of enterprise systems.
But now, things have changed. As of last week, Windows 10 has crossed Windows 7 and became the most popular Operating System in the world. and the free support life cycle of Windows 7 is coming to an end on January 14, 2020, which is just a year away.
Enterprises can use Microsoft 365 Business plan to enjoy the free Windows 10 upgrade option for users with a Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 Pro license on their device
End of Support means Microsoft will no longer provide the following:
- Technical support for problems that may occur
- Bug fixes for issues that are discovered and that may impact the stability and usability of the server
- Security fixes for vulnerabilities that are discovered and that may make the server vulnerable to security breaches
- Time zone updates
But if you are an enterprise but don’t have a Microsoft 365 business plan then you have some good news (sort of). You can stay with your beloved operating system up to January 2023. This is a part of Microsoft’s Extended Security Updates (ESUs) plan. Amazing isn’t it? but there are some terms and conditions.
- This only applies to Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise users
- You must have a volume-licensing agreements
- These Extended Security Updates will be paid updates where the price increases each year.
Don’t like that. Well, there is another plan which will provide free updates to customers who buy the Virtual Desktop service. It will let you use Windows 7 virtually with Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD). The pricing of WVD is still unknown. Our guess is it will be announced before January 2020
Another support cycle coming to an end is Office 365 ProPlus on Windows 7. Microsoft will no longer support Office 365 ProPlus on Windows 7 after January 2020. Apart from that, the support for Exchange Server 2010, Windows 7 for Embedded System and Windows Server 2008/R2
So, what can you do? As per Microsoft, you can shift to a modern desktop.