Microsoft Windows 7 Extended Security Updates

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Microsoft Windows 7 extended support is ending January 14, 2020. Microsoft announced that they will offer paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) through January 2023. The Windows 7 ESU will be sold on a per-device basis and the price will increase each year. Windows 7 ESUs will be available to all Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise customers in Volume Licensing, with a discount to customers with Windows Software Assurance, Windows 10 Enterprise or Windows 10 Education subscriptions. In addition, Office 365 ProPlus will be supported on devices with active Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) through January 2023. This means that customers who purchase the Windows 7 ESU will be able to continue to run Office 365 ProPlus.

Microsoft program and pricing adjustments

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Microsoft announced a series of changes across the program and product portfolio. These changes are to provide unique offers that support customer digital transformation. These changes are linked to offer pricing and discounting.

On October 1st, 2018, Microsoft will adjust pricing for its licensing programs. There will also be price adjustments to on-premises and cloud products.  Continue reading Microsoft program and pricing adjustments

Microsoft Windows as a Service Updates

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Microsoft announces that from September 2017 the Microsoft Windows 10 servicing branches will be updated. The Long Term Servicing Branch is renamed the Long Term Servicing Channel and both the Current Branch and Current Branch for Business are replaced with the Semi Annual Channel.

For further information about Microsoft Windows as a Service Updates please click here:
https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/windowsitpro/2017/07/27/waas-simplified-and-aligned/

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

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Microsoft introduces a new edition of Windows 10 Pro – Windows 10 Pro for Workstations. It’s a high-end edition for server grade PC hardware and is designed to meet the demanding needs of mission critical and compute intensive workloads. It will be available later in the year as part of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

For further information about Microsoft Windows 10 Pro for Workstations please click here: https://blogs.windows.com/business/2017/08/10/microsoft-announces-windows-10-pro-workstations/#0Flc6AwlqTMhZ2Pt.97.

Microsoft Windows 10 S

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Microsoft announces Windows 10 S – a version of Windows 10 Pro that is, in Microsoft’s words, “optimized for security and performance”. It does this by working only with apps from the Windows Store and having Edge as its default browser. You can pay to upgrade to Microsoft Windows 10 Pro through the Windows Store at any time, but you can’t then go back to Windows 10 S.

To find out more about Microsoft Windows 10 S, please visit the FAQ page: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4020089/windows-10-s-faq