The security update pricing schedule for Windows 7 has been leaked. And the least we can say is that it may hurt the portfolio of companies concerned by this new offer.
On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will not offer any free security update for its Windows 7 operating system. A version so popular since its release in 2009, but whose end of life is fast approaching for the benefit of Windows 10, the current flagship OS of the Redmond firm. The goal is to push users and businesses to migrate to Windows 10 in a progressive way.
Progressive and aggressive rates
If the general public will definitively disappear this version so much appreciated, companies, they will still be able to use it for three years. A paying offer will indeed be put in place by the American group: as such, the price schedules of Windows 7 Pro and Enterprise packages have been communicated to some customers, before fleeing on the internet. Mary Jo Foley, from ZDNet, was able to get her hands on it. And the least we can say is that the note looks very salty:
Windows 7 Pro
From January 2020 to January 2021: $ 50 per device.
From January 2021 to January 2022: $ 100 per device.
From January 2022 to January 2023: $ 200 per device.
Windows 7 Enterprise
From January 2020 to January 2021: $ 25 per device.
From January 2021 to January 2022: $ 50 per device.
From January 2022 to January 2023: $ 100 per device.
See for yourself: Microsoft has opted for progressive pricing, applicable to only one device at a time. In 2023, equipping a computer with Windows 7 Pro will cost a tidy $ 200. If you add Windows 7 Enterprise, the overall cost will be $ 300 per device. Contacted by ZDNet, the multinational wants only to deliver details to the partner companies. To see if a margin of negotiation is possible according to the ordered volume.
Still, these prices will probably push the professionals to go under Windows 10, otherwise the budget allocated to these security updates will explode over the next three years.