Windows Enterprise Desktop

Feb 17 2019   1:54PM GMT

Another Free Win7 Life Extension

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

Desktop virtualization
Microsoft Windows 7

By now, everybody knows that Windows 7 End of Life (EOL) comes January 14, 2020. Afterward, organizations and companies need extended security updates to keep the old OS alive. Until now, that’s been an expensive proposition. But in the past few days, Microsoft has let slip information about a possible alternative. It’s called Windows Virtual Desktop, and it’s delivered via Azure. It extends a range of interesting possibilities to customers for Microsoft 365 E3, E5, or F1 or Windows E3 or E5. Those licensees can use existing licenses and systems for virtualization. Hidden amidst those capabilities is a free, if virtual, Win7 life extension.Another Free Win7 Life Extension.win7info

I’ve taken visual license from the MS original, but there’s no doubt that this Win7 life extension will be perceived as a money-saver by many.
[Click image for full-sized view.]

Why Grant Another Free Win7 Life Extension

MS knows that there are still too many Win7 licenses in commercial use for all to migrate before 1/15/2020. The Windows Virtual Desktop gives organizations another, more affordable option as compared to outright purchase of extended support. It’s also a great opportunity for the company to switch licensees over to the aforementioned list of Microsoft 365 and Windows licensing options.

For organizations agonizing over this impending added cost burden, this could be a life-saver. It’s a pretty darned inspired move, in fact. And it helps make sense of why the OS group is now an arm of the Azure division. Looks like virtualization really¬† does rule the MS world. And now, it looks like that org structure is ready to bear interesting and valuable fruit.

Don’t get too excited just yet, though. The recent MS announcement says a preview is coming, but isn’t ready right now. You can fill out a request form to be notified when the Microsoft Virtual Desktop preview becomes publicly available. I’m expecting a huge response. I bet Microsoft is, too.

 Comment on this Post

There was an error processing your information. Please try again later.
Thanks. We'll let you know when a new response is added.
Send me notifications when other members comment.

Forgot Password

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an e-mail containing your password.

Your password has been sent to:

Share this item with your network: