Microsoft to extend extended support for Windows 7 - for a (high) price

Microsoft Relents, Confirms Extended Support Option for Windows 7

Microsoft gives longer grace period for Windows 10 updates

This latest update to Windows servicing schedule nearly gets it right, Microsoft should have pushed the support window to 36 months.

While that's in fewer than 500 days, Windows 7 still accounts for around 40 per cent of the world's desktop and laptop computers, many of them humming away in corporate and public-sector environments around the world.

Microsoft has released a new build of Windows 10 19H1 to Insiders in Skip Ahead.

It followed the same policy with Windows XP, but those deals tended to be done behind closed doors, and organisations had more pressing security reasons for migrating from Windows XP, rather than dragging their feet.

The decision not to extend support for all editions of the OS has left Microsoft facing the charge it's not meeting the needs of small businesses, which often run the Pro edition of Windows 10, or of home users.

Earlier this year, Bradley wrote an open letter to various Microsoft executives, including CEO Satya Nadella, outlining the hundreds of grievances members of the patchmanagement.org group had reported to her about how Windows is updated.

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The introduction of Windows Desktop Analytics and Desktop App Assure are aimed at assisting customers in moving to a modern desktop experience powered by Office 365 and Windows 10.

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Like the previous version, Windows 10 Build 17754 does not have a build watermark in the lower right hand corner, but that does not mean that development is entirely finished yet. The March updates will have an 18-month support cycle for all editions, whereas the September release will get the longer, 30-month support cycle for Enterprise and Education editions. These updates will be sold on a per-device basis, with a price increase every year. These aren't actually features that come with the build though, as they've already arrived as app updates. Users that do manage to fork out for the effort will see support for Windows 7 carried out until 2023, ending alongside the extended support for Windows 8.1. Similarly, support for version 1709 (released less than one year ago) will end on April 9, 2019.

Starting today, all now supported feature updates for Windows 10 Enterprise and Education will be supported for 30 months from their release date.

The future feature updates of Windows 10 Enterprises and Education editions (with September targeted release) will be supported for next 30 months. Instead, Microsoft says it is now giving IT admins more time to prepare their systems for updates. IT professionals therefore have a clear indicator of which of Microsoft's two-updates-a-year they should be deploying.

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