We’ve known for months that Microsoft’s largest business customers will be able to pay for additional Windows 7 support past that system’s support life cycle retirement. Now we know how much.
No, not because Microsoft has announced its pricing plans for additional Windows 7 support. Instead, the software giant has reached out to its largest customers to inform them of the pricing privately. And some of those companies have leaked those prices. Which work out like so:
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Windows 7 Extended Security Updates
Year 1 (January 2020 through January 2021): Windows 7 Pro is $50 per device, Windows Enterprise (add-on) is $25 per device.
Year 2 (January 2021 through January 2022): Windows 7 Pro is $100 per device, Windows Enterprise (add-on) is $50 per device.
Year 3 (January 2022 through January 2023): Windows 7 Pro is $200 per device, Windows Enterprise (add-on) is $100 per device.
As you can see, the price doubles each year. This isn’t that surprising, I guess, but Microsoft only said that “the price will increase each year” when it made its original announcement. If your company is in a position to take advantage of this offer, you’ll need to contact your Microsoft account team or the partner through which you license Windows to learn more.