Η Microsoft σταματάει τις ενημερώσεις κώδικα των Windows 7 και Windows Server 2008 R2 αλλά η 0Patch θα συνεχίσει να τα υποστηρίζει για τουλάχιστον 2 έτη ακόμα.
Η Microsoft πριν 3 έτη είχε προσφέρει τις εκτεταμένες ενημερώσεις κώδικα ασφαλείας για τα Windows 7 και τα Windows 2008 R2, καθώς αυτά τα δύο λειτουργικά είχαν αντικατασταθεί με τις νεότερες εκδόσεις. Όσοι χρήστες ήθελαν (και περισσότερο οι εταιρείες) μπορούσαν να εγγραφούν στην ESU (Extended Security Updates) και να λαμβάνουν ενημερώσεις ασφαλείας για τις συσκευές τους, φυσικά επί πληρωμή.
But along the way ways were revealed to inexpensively install these patches on home devices running Windows 7 as well. The last security update will be released for Windows 7 in January 2023. Microsoft has already announced that it will not extend support beyond the three years it promised , except for Server 2008 R2 where they will support it for a fee for just one more year.
Windows 7's usage share has dropped significantly since the end of 2019 its free support has expired. Most users have replaced it with Windows 10, however there are still a respectable number of devices running the classic operating system.
The void comes to fill the 0Patch company which announced this week that it will provide the micro-patching service until January 2025, at least, for devices running Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. The company will produce security patches for "critical vulnerabilities that are likely to be exploited."
The service has a cost, but it's cheaper than what Microsoft charged for ESU updates. The Pro and Enterprise plans are available for €24,95 or €34,95 per year. Both programs include patches for Microsoft Office 2010 as well.
Devices running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 that have not been updated since 2020 can enroll in 0Patch and will receive all micro patches released by the company as of 2020 and all future updates. A total of 52 critical security issues have been patched by the company since 2020.
You have to remember that 0Patch only focuses on critical patches, but considering that there is no other option available, it can be a good investment.