The German government faces a bill of around $887,000 (800,000 euros) for failing to upgrade to Windows 10 before last week’s Windows 7 termination date. Federal authorities are seeking to secure at least 33,000 computers that are still running Windows 7, which requires a fee to pay Microsoft for each device to provide a year of extended security, German newspaper Handelsblatt reported.
Microsoft ended its support for Windows 7 last week, but millions of PCs still run the operating system. Although Microsoft does not release public safety updates and fixes for Windows 7, businesses that have not yet migrated to Windows 10 can pay for Extended Security Update (ESU). It would be costly for any institution to still have thousands of computers running Windows 7, like the German government.
The Windows 7 Enterprise extension, which is used in most large enterprises, costs about $25 per machine, doubling to $50 per device in 2021 and another to $100 in 2022. The situation is even worse for Windows 7 Pro users used in smaller businesses, starting at $50 per computer, jumping to $100 by 2021 and $200 by 2022. These costs will vary depending on the number of PCs used by the business, and some larger companies can negotiate some discounts, the larger the number.
It is reported that the German government is indeed upgrading the Windows 7 PC, but has not yet upgraded all the computers in time. Handelsblatt reports that 20,000 of the 85,000 computers in Berlin’s government offices are still running Windows 7, highlighting the German government’s problems with IT management.
Microsoft also began using full-screen notifications for Windows 7 users last week to remind them that the operating system is no longer supported. The software maker has been pushing notifications to Windows 7 throughout 2019. Still, millions of computers are still running Windows 7, so we’re sure to see more businesses paying high fees to protect their computers from viruses, ransomware, and so on.