Right now Microsoft MSFT +zero.44% is thriving. The rejuvenated massive is within the race to be generation’s maximum treasured company and (quite rightly) there may be a sizable reward for Satya Nadella’s leadership. But Windows 7 owners are about to analyze this new lean and imply Microsoft nevertheless knows how to make unpopular decisions…
ZDNet reviews that, regardless of its large popularity, Microsoft has no plans to increase support of Windows 7 beyond January 2020. That is until you pay a brand new annual rate to be able to double in price each yr.
Citing companions and having received display grabs of pricing, ZDNet exhibits Microsoft will charge Windows 7 Pro users $50 for the first year of the additional guide, $100 for the second year and $2 hundred for the 0.33 yr. Windows Enterprise volume licensing clients will pay 1/2 these quotes, but the value of maintaining a number of PCs gets very steeply-priced right away.
Furthermore, there’s no point opting in overdue. If you handiest be a part of within the 2nd yr, you still must pay for the first yr as nicely. Ouch.
There’s some further ache here too as everyday clients have no option to be a part of, their computers will truly reduce off from updates in January 2020. So at the same time as one greater yr for $50 can also have seemed tempting, it gained’t be available to you. And Microsoft lately multiplied the price of Windows 10 Home from $119 to $139 as nicely.
In defense of Microsoft, Windows 7 will be 10 years vintage this year and the organization has to attract a line somewhere.
That stated if Microsoft wishes clients to improve willingly to Windows 10 without the threat of steeply-priced penalties, then the organization first wishes to reduce-out the several severe problems that may make this pass so unappealing to Windows 7 users in the first area…