The free support for Windows 7 will expire on January 14th, 2020. This is a version that is still widely used all over the world, but with the expiry of free support on the doors, it is wise to update to new versions.
The five years of extended support of Window 7 will expire on January 14, 2020, so in about a year at the time of writing this piece. Starting from the date just mentioned, the security updates for the operating system (the second most common to date for desktop environments) will no longer be available for free. As usual, the end of free support does not translate with the end of support in general.
Usually, Microsoft continues to offer options for paid support of its operating systems well beyond the end of its life cycle, and the same will happen with Windows 7. What changes compared to today be the mode of release: with previous versions the companies entered into a sort of contract with Microsoft in order to continue to receive the patches, while with Windows 7 the patches will be an optional extra that can be added to an existing license subscription. Therefore, no dedicated support contract will be required for each device.
Security updates in the extended period (Extended Security Updates, or ESU) will also be available for a period of three years starting from the deadline to be reached in 2020, at prices that will increase progressively from year to year. Alternatively, Microsoft will offer all three years of ESU to Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) customers at no additional cost. The service offers cloud-based virtual machines based on Windows 7 with an installed application. OnePlus 365 ProPlus will continue to be supported on Windows 7, but only if the latest ESUs are present.
A similar support system will be applied on Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2, whose free support will also expire in a year. For local installations, Microsoft customers will be able to purchase ESUs, while for Azure systems the next three years of expiration updates will be completely free.