Windows 7 is the new Windows XP and both users and companies refuse to say goodbye. In response, Microsoft has decided to extend Windows 7 support that officially ends on January 14, 2020.
We are currently in the extended support stage of Windows 7, according to the life cycle of the Windows versions that Microsoft has in its directives. However, that support until 2020 may not be enough for some and hence this extra duration of extended support.
Microsoft announced that they will offer extended security updates for Windows 7 through January 2023, extending the life of the system for three more years. However, this will only be for those who pay.
Extended security updates will be sold by device, and the price will increase each year it is extended. They will be available to all Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise customers who purchase volume licenses, and will have discounts for customers who have subscriptions to Windows 10 Enterprise or Windows 10 Education.
Office 365 ProPlus will also be supported on devices with extended security updates in Windows 7. Most of all organizations and companies that tend to take the most time to update systems will benefit most from this, although the fact that this cost money may perhaps motivate someone to move to Windows 10 and finally make a single expense.