As Windows 7 comes to an end on January 14, 2020, Microsoft has sent notifications to users urging them to upgrade as soon as possible. Earlier, Microsoft had said that Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) would stop supporting Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. But in the subsequent FAQ session, Microsoft said that after Windows 7 stopped supporting MSE continued to get signature updates to protect users.
That is, regular Windows 7 users will be notified that “After January 14, 2020, Windows 7 will no longer receive software or security updates.” “However, those with Extended Security Updates (ESUs) will not receive these notifications as they will continue to receive updates from Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE). ESU is a paid service for business consumers, but the software can be used free of charge, but it is likely to be harmonious by Microsoft.
So will MSE continue to run after Windows 7 stops supporting on January 14, 2020? Why is there a discrepancy between Microsoft’s official instructions and subsequent FAQs? Woody Leonhard, from Computerworld, asked Microsoft for clarification in a recent AMA. Fortunately, Microsoft engineer Mike Cure replied:
MSE will continue to receive signature updates after January 14.
This means that users with ESU will continue to receive signature updates from MSE until 2023.