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German government will pay €800,000 for Windows 7 Extended Security Updates this year

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What you need to know

  • The German government will pay €800,000 for Extended Security Updates for PCs running Windows 7.
  • The German government has more than 33,000 workstations running Windows 7.
  • Extended Security Updates range between $25 and $200 per workstation depending mainly on the version of Windows 7 a device runs.

The German government will pay €800,000 (roughly $886,000) for Extended Security Updates for Windows 7 PCs via ZDNet. The German government has more than 33,000 workstations that still run Windows 7, and Extended Security Updates come at a high cost. Windows 7 fell out of support earlier this month, and Extended Security Updates range between $25 and $200 per device depending on what version of Windows 7 a device runs and what year the security updates cover.

While Windows 7 is out of support, larger enterprises can pay Microsoft for Extended Security Updates. These updates start at $25 per device as a Windows Enterprise add-on but cost $50 per Windows 7 Pro device. These prices go up each year, with the price of a Windows 7 Pro device reaching $200 per device by January 2022.

Local German newspaper Handelsblatt initially broke the story. According to Handelsblatt, the German government began migrating its PCs to Windows 10 in 2018 but has not finished the migration.

This likely won't be the last enterprise client of Microsoft that we hear about paying high security fees. A recent study states that Windows 7 is "nearly ubiquitous" at large companies.

Since Windows 7 is out of support, enterprise customers have to choose between a mass migration to Windows 10, paying for Extended Security Updates, or using an unsecured operating system, though that last choice isn't a viable option.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

2 Comments
  • Good. Get some of that never ending EU fine for doing business money back. They should charge more.
  • I wonder what is more expensive and smart. Paying for extended support or switching to windows 10. In the latter case also accounting for the necessary overhead costs (as often goes) like upgrading hardware with new clients and peripheral hardware, budget for unforseen costs and ICT education programs for upgrading and supporting windows 10, enviromental costs of disposing/selling/recycling or sending them for international disposal and accounting for those indirect environmental and health risk costs.