Windows 10 ESU

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  1. Chibi ANUBIS

    Chibi ANUBIS MDL Chibi Developer

    Apr 28, 2014
    Support for all editions of Windows 10 (Home, Professional, Education, etc.) will end on October 14, 2025. Microsoft thus wishes to encourage the transition to Windows 11, because it is presented as a more efficient, secure and better operating system. adapted to current needs. This means that there will be no more updates. However, Microsoft has already planned to launch the ESU (Extended Security Update) program for three years after this date at a maximum cost of $427* . Let's look in detail.

    Prices to pay for Windows 10 updates
    First of all, let us clarify that the prices announced at the beginning of last April by Microsoft for the ESU currently only concern organizations using Windows 10 Professional or Windows 10 Education. And costs vary depending on the operating system edition.

    Costs for Windows 10 Pro
    The price of extended support doubles every year. Thus, companies using Windows 10 Pro will have to pay for each machine (license):
    • $61.00 (≈ €56) the first year;
    • $122.00 (≈ €112) the second year;
    • $244.00 (≈ €224) the third year.

    That's a total of $427.00 (≈ €392) per computer. An amount which is frankly intended to be prohibitive in order to convince companies and users to switch to Windows 11 or a cloud solution with Windows 365.

    We can still note that customers using Microsoft Intune or Windows Autopatch can benefit from a 25% reduction on the extended support price.

    Costs for Windows 10 Education
    The price of extended support for Windows 10 Education is much lower. Support will cost for each license:
    • $1.00 for the first year;
    • $2.00 the second year;
    • $4.00 for the third year.

    This price is valid for all education customers, including primary and secondary education, as well as higher education.

    Other very important information about extended support
    • Windows 365 customers and Windows 10 users in an Azure Virtual Desktop environment will benefit from the ESU program at no additional cost.
    • Devices enrolled in the ESU program will receive monthly security updates, but no feature or other updates.
    • Microsoft 365 apps will no longer be supported on Windows 10 starting October 14, 2025. The operating system will no longer meet the system requirements.
    • Support for Office 2016 and Office 2019 will also end on October 14, 2025.
    • An operating system that no longer receives security updates becomes an easier target for hackers.
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  2. ssjkakaroto

    ssjkakaroto MDL Junior Member

    Mar 3, 2011
    Since IoT LTSC will continue to get updates until 2032, it's likely someone will port those updates to other versions, just like with W7.