Ric Opal Comments on Windows 7 Continued Security Support for SMBs

October 4, 2019   //   News

The end support date for Windows 7 is set for January 14, 2020, however, Microsoft announced that small and midsize business will be able to purchase continued security support. Microsoft understands that every organization is in different stages of the upgrade process and will allow organizations to purchase Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) through January 2023.

Extended Security Updates (ESU) can be purchased starting December 1, 2019, and will be sold on a per-device basis. This will include critical security updates for three years after the end-of-support date.

Offering ESU through the CSP program makes sense. It drives the SMB customer to the scale program Microsoft has to help this segment.

-Ric Opal, Principal at SWC Technology Partners, a BDO USA LLP company.

Microsoft also acknowledges that organizations may have applications that are core to their businesses running on Windows 7, but the ESU program should only be used if no other options are available to run legacy products.

As the ISVs of those applications modernize their platforms, it is important for Microsoft to offer a bridge to those customers as they complete their transition to Windows 10.

-Ric Opal, Principal at SWC Technology Partners, a BDO USA LLP company.

CSP partners are also going to be aware of additional offerings for the SMB customer that will help with security and compliance needs going forward. If ISVs fail to modernize their applications, the CSP program will be the best vehicle for SMB customers to find alternative solutions. I consider the move to be a win for the SMB customer and a win for the CSP channel as well.

-Ric Opal, Principal at SWC Technology Partners, a BDO USA LLP company.

To view the full article from CRN, visit Microsoft To Offer Windows 7 Extended Security Updates to SMBs.