On January 14, Microsoft will permanently bury Windows 7 by providing its extensive support. Nevertheless, it is still possible to take advantage of security patches, of course for a fee. And we know that now the price that costs an extension of this support.
It is therefore in less than a year that users have to stop using Windows 7 if they want to surf in peace the operating system will no longer benefit from any security support from Microsoft. And even if it is hoped that security software vendors fill the gaps, it will certainly only take a while. Sooner or later it will take time consider changing bones (whether it is Windows 8.1, Windows 10 or Linux, it does not matter).
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Companies will, however, have a delay, because Microsoft will continue to implement Windows 7 updates on a case-by-case basis. However, they will have to go to the cash register: Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet has just announced the rates from Microsoft. So for a company that uses it Windows 7 Proit will last $ 50 the first year, then 100 the second, 200 the third, etc.. For versions of Windows Enterprise or Microsoft 365 this price is divided by two: $ 25 in the first year, 50 in the second, etc.
The bill can be salt after 3 or 4 years. On the other hand, it is still unclear whether Microsoft is planning to reduce the number of large licenses. Also remember that the subscription to this type of service is reserved for companies and schools. The general public can not benefit, even though it is a safe bet that small smart people will find a way to isolate the security packages to distribute them on the web, as was the case at rest of Windows XP.