Microsoft: Some Windows 7 will get free security updates

Avatar By Aaron Sims | 1 year ago

TechCrunch is reporting that a limitedly distributed document may reveal Microsoft’s willingness to extend security patches for users of Windows 7 OS.

“A little-publicized document published by Microsoft says top-tier customers with Windows E5, Microsoft 365 E5 and Government E5 subscriptions will get extended security updates for a year at no additional charge. After the year expires, Microsoft will charge each enterprise device $50 to receive updates for a second year and $100 per device for a third year,” the tech site reports. “Qualifying subscriptions must remain active until the end of the year and throughout the extended security updates period to continue to receive security updates, the document said.”

While the security patches are likely limited to certain users of the OS, it does seem as if Microsoft is concerned with users switching to Windows 10. The company announced that a final cut-off for extended security updates in January 2023 will take place, and recommends users upgrade to Windows 10, or obtain extended security updates as a “last resort.”