The cost of Microsoft details of additional support for Windows 7

Credit: IDG / Microsoft

Microsoft will charge up to $ 200 for Windows 7 PC to deliver a year of operating system security updates after being officially retired in January, according to a corporate document.

"Extended Windows 7 Security Updates" (ESU), which will add security support until January 2023, was announced in September 2018.

At the time, Microsoft said that additional support would be sold per device and in increments of one year up to three years.

Although the company has admitted that prices will "increase every year", Microsoft has not disclosed the costs of ESU of Windows 7. Afterwards, Computerworld has identified a document for the partners and the company's sales staff, which will double their prices every year.

"We believe that the vast majority of customers who need to purchase Windows 7 ESU will need only one year of coverage," said the document explaining the jumps.

"The annual price increases help to cover our additional engineering costs to provide support and are intended to encourage customers to continue their momentum in Windows 10 implementations."

But while the Word document contained a price list, it was obscured. Only when the document was previewed in macOS or saved in a different format, such as a web page or PDF, the list became visible.

This Microsoft document exposed the cost of extended Windows 7 security updates (ESUs), the three-year support extension for businesses that are unable to eliminate the old operating system before retiring in January 2020Credit: IDG
This Microsoft document exposed the cost of extended Windows 7 security updates (ESUs), the three-year support extension for businesses that are unable to eliminate the old operating system before retiring in January 2020

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