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Even though many enterprises are already deploying Windows 10, some customers will find it difficult to move all their PCs to Windows 10 before Windows 7’s extended support EOL date (January 14, 2020). To support such customers, Microsoft today announced that it will offer paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) through January 2023. It is going to be a costly process as the Windows 7 ESU will be sold on a per-device basis and the price will increase each year.
Microsoft will make Windows 7 ESUs available to all Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise customers in Volume Licensing, with a discount to customers with Windows software assurance, Windows 10 Enterprise or Windows 10 Education subscriptions. Microsoft will also support Office 365 ProPlus on devices with active Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) through January 2023. So, customers who purchase the Windows 7 ESU will be able to continue to run Office 365 ProPlus.