The most loved product from Microsoft, Windows 7, is entering its second phase of ESU next year. The Extended Security Update (ESU) will give the subscribed companies time to update their systems to supported versions. Meanwhile, Microsoft makes essential updates to patch any known vulnerabilities in the current outdated OS.
Windows 7 ESU 2 Starting Soon
Using outdated Windows can be harmful since the OEM stops serving any security patches for those bugs exploited by any hackers. Thus, just like any other firm, Microsoft urges users to update to any of its supported versions. The latest running version of its OS is Windows 10 20H2 for individuals and Windows Server 2019 for enterprises.
While these come with regular updates on features and patches, Windows 7 is the most the liked software by users. Thus, many people are running on Windows 7, even without any patches. Microsoft has discontinued Windows 7 officially earlier this year and asked everyone to update to the latest supported version.
While it’s easy for individuals to move away, enterprises using the Windows 7 and Windows Server OS find it hard. Thus, Microsoft has given such companies an Extended Security Update (ESU) option, which is sold in a subscription model to every device owned by the company.
Under this plan, which is valid for one year, users will receive security updates to patch any known vulnerabilities. This helps them keep away hackers from exploiting their critical networks and giving them adequate time to transition to newer versions. Since the Windows 7 first ESU will be completing in January next year, it’s entering the second phase of ESU next.
This applies to Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 7 Professional for Embedded Systems, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 / SP2, and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 / SP2 for Embedded Systems. Microsoft mentioned that users who haven’t purchased the first ESU should pay for both years to get the second ESU.