The German federal government is to pay at least € 800.000 to Microsoft, for the Windows 7 ESU program according to local media.
This represents 33.000 government workstations that are still running Windows 7, the popular one operating system Microsoft, for which the company stopped support on January 14. This means that security updates will no longer be released and patches.
Last year, Microsoft announced a program aimed at governments and business partners. The program, called Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU), will provide access to Windows 7 security updates until January 10, 2023, but will be paid for.
ESU updates, recently chosen by the German government, cost from $ 25 to $ 200 per workstation, depending on the version of Windows 7 running a business (Enterprise or Pro) and the time it takes for the updates.
Staying in Windows 7 is especially dangerous, as updates will no longer be released. security for them. The company has already started last year urging companies and users in general to switch to Windows 10 and even uses pop-ups for that purpose.
According to a report in the German newspaper Reuters, the German government has begun the process of switching to Windows 10 in 2018, but not all federal governments have completed it.
In Berlin alone, the local government runs 20.000 Windows 7 systems, out of the 85.000 in the country, which will now be enrolled in the Windows 7 ESUs program.
It is believed that some 200 million computers worldwide are still running older versions of Windows, most of which are Windows 7.
However, not all Windows 7 systems are now eligible for the ESU program, which Microsoft seems to have limited to large customers only.