Microsoft has announced that it will extend the availability of extended security updates (ESU) for Windows 7 until January 2023.
In a blog post, Microsoft's corporate VP of Microsoft 365, Jared Spataro, said that, as of 1 December 2019, customers still using the Windows 7 OS will be able to purchase ESUs on a per-device basis.
Customers "of any size" can make purchases through the cloud solution provider (CSP) programme.
But, according to Microsoft, the price of ESUs will increase incrementally each year.
"This means that customers can work with their partners to get the security they need while they make their way to Windows 10," writes Spataro.
On 13 January 2020, Microsoft will end support and security updates for Windows 7 devices. Research by Netmarketshare suggests that 39 per cent of all PCs are still using Windows 7, with hundreds of thousands of users expected to still be on the old operating system past the 2020 deadline.
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