For small businesses that need Windows 7, it's time to ask for help Watch Now [This post was originally published in December 2019. It was significantly updated and republished January 6, 2020, with contact information for CSPs that can help small businesses acquire ESU licenses.] Support for Windows 7 ends in just a few days. After Jan. 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide free security updates and bug fixes for the venerable operating system to the general public. Those updates will be available, however, to Microsoft customers who are willing to pay for the privilege. The Windows 7 Extended Security Update (ESU) program runs for an additional three years, through January 2023, and it’s been officially available since Dec. 2, 2019. When Microsoft first announced the Windows 7 ESU program , in September 2018, the company said these updates would be available to its most valuable customers: Giant corporations and government agencies with volume licensing subscriptions and medium-sized businesses and educational institutions with Windows 10 Enterprise or Education subscriptions. Then, in October 2019, Microsoft extended the program to businesses of all sizes . If you run a small business (even a sole proprietorship) and you want to keep using… Read full this story
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