Windows 7 ESU costs German taxpayers 800,000 euros!
The federal government owes Microsoft at least 800,000 euros in fees for Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) this year.
The operating system reached its end of support on January 14, 2020, which means organizations that are still using it will no longer be able to access free security updates as of that date.
1.) Around 33,000 Federal Government computers use Windows 7
According to the Handelsblatt, the state's federal authorities want to secure around 33,000 devices under Windows 7. By enrolling in the ESU program, the government can protect their Windows 7 computers from a wide variety of cybersecurity threats. EOS for the legacy operating system has been a long time coming, and many governments around the world started migrating to Windows 10 early. In Germany, the transition began in 2018.
However, Berlin's local government has not yet upgraded around 20,000 computers to the latest operating system. It is one of the various agencies in the country that has a long way to go to complete the migration. Windows 10 migration history is similar around the world. Governments migrate one agency at a time, or just a few, rather than at once. In the US, the Department of Defense was one of the first to initiate the transition to the new operating system!
2.) The costs for Windows 7 ESU will only get higher
Taxpayers in Germany should expect higher ESU costs if their government continues to use Windows 7 computers securely for the next two or three years. This year Microsoft is charging $ 25 per Windows Enterprise computer and $ 50 per Windows Pro device for security updates.
As of January 2022, ESU costs per Windows 7 PC will be between $ 100 and $ 200.
Companies using the outdated operating system are missing impressive Windows 10 features, such as built-in cloud storage and the additional ESU costs.
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