Microsoft has reminded users of its veteran Windows 7 that all good things come to an end. Extended paid support for Windows 7 is also ending.
Microsoft ended free support for the Windows 7 operating system almost two years ago on January 14, 2020. For corporate users, Microsoft offers paid extended support for Windows 7. They can receive security updates through the Windows 7 ESU (Extended Security Updates) program until January 2023. In 2021, the price of this service has risen to $ 50 per computer, and in 2022 it will rise to $ 100 per computer.
Now the company has named a specific date – January 10, 2023, Windows 7 will finally lose support forever. To continue receiving updates, devices with Windows 7 installed must be updated to a more recent operating system.
For Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 7 Professional for Embedded Systems, the Extended Security Update (ESU) program will enter its third and final year of extended support starting February 8, 2022 and ending January 10, 2023. ”
As of October 2021, according to StatCounter, the share of Windows 7 among all PCs with the Microsoft operating system worldwide is still 13.56%. In Russia, its share is much higher – 20.5%.