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Win7 Still Lives! MS will provide another year of support

2:38 pm on Aug 28, 2019 (gmt 0)

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With Windows 7's official retirement less than five months away, Redmond is offering some business customers a way to squeeze a bit more life out of the beloved OS.

A recently unearthed provision in the Windows 7 and Office 2010 end of support FAQ notes that companies running Windows 10 Enterprise E5, Microsoft 365 E5, Microsoft 365 E5 Security, and Government E5 plans will be able to receive their first year of patch support for Windows 7 free of charge.


Single license users need not apply. 500+ EA and EAS only and at $200

HOWEVER, what that LIKELY means is that any supercritical security updates will be available, either by push or download. We saw the same thing when XP was EOL... (speculation on what happens when Win7 goes EOL).
8:03 am on Aug 29, 2019 (gmt 0)

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I'm going to miss Win7 a lot more than I did XP. I probably have some qualifying Enterprise copies of Win7 so I'm glad to have that extra year.

Windows 8 was the last version of Windows I ran directly on my hardware. I liked it a lot, but I had a really powerful workstation with tons of RAM so I didn't encounter a lot of performance issues. I do somewhat dread trying to run Win8 in a VM. At least it has extended support until 2023.

After that, it's Windows 10 or the highway for supported MS OS.

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