Microsoft stopped extending support for Windows 7 on January 14 this year and will not update security patches until it pays to upgrade. For many government and business users, upgrading to Windows 10 (hereinafter referred to as Win10) is inevitable, and the IT systems of the state, tax and police departments in Hesse, Germany, have been fully upgraded to win10.
The upgrade involved 71,000 computers, and the Hesse state government stressed that they did not incur additional costs.
Why emphasize this point? Because several German state governments have paid the price for Win7’s suspension, government departments in North Rhine-Westphalia have had to pay 1.3 million euros to continue buying Microsoft’s security patch update service because their IT department is still using Win7.
Hesse’s upgrade was made early, and in 2016 they announced the Hessen PC 3.0 program, began following Microsoft’s lead and moving from Win7 to Win10, with enough preparation to avoid additional costs.