Microsoft is stopping Windows 7 and Windows patches Server & Hosting 2008 R2 but 0Patch will continue to support them for at least 2 more years.
Microsoft 3 years ago had offered the extended security patches for Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 as these two operating systems were replaced with newer versions. Those users ήθελαν (και περισσότερο οι εταιρείες) μπορούσαν να εγγραφούν στην ESU (Extended Security Updates) και να λαμβάνουν ενημερώσεις ασφαλείας για τις συσκευές τους, φυσικά επί payment.
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 η οποία ανακοίνωσε αυτή την εβδομάδα ότι θα παρέχει την υπηρεσία micro-patching έως τον Ιανουάριο του 2025, τουλάχιστον, για τις συσκευές με Windows 7 και Windows Server 2008 R2. Η εταιρεία θα παράγει ενημερώσεις κώδικα ασφαλείας για «τα κρίσιμα τρωτά points which are likely to be exploited".
The service comes at a cost, but it's cheaper than what Microsoft used to charge for ESU updates. The programs Pro and Enterprise 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.