While Microsoft dubbed their Windows 10 as ‘a service’, there has been new information that the multi-million company confirms that Windows 7 will require monthly charges starting from January 14th of the year 2020.
As stated in a blog post from Microsoft entitled “Helping customers shift to a modern desktop”, the initiative was decided as the said date will end Microsoft’s “Extended Support” for Windows 7 – according to the company’s lifecycle page.
According to Microsoft, since users should have upgraded their device to Windows 10 already, they could have just cut all Windows 7 users by January 14th 2020 which will leave their data unsecure and vulnerable. This is where monthly charges was taken as an alternative if they don’t upgrade to Windows 10.
This means that there would be no patches and no security updates unless users pay for it.
On the other hand, Jared Spataro – Corporate Vice President for Office and Windows Marketing, and author of the company’s blog post – did not specify the pricing for per-device’s Extended Security Updates. Microsoft also noted that the cost will increase each year.
Moreover, this will only be applicable to Windows 7 Professional users in Volume Licensing.