A lot of these PCs will be usable for years but “demand for devices no longer supported by Microsoft will be minimal – even companies with the tightest of IT budgets will be deterred by the lack of free and continued security updates,” Canalys noted in the report.
What Microsoft can do
Microsoft issued a statement announcing that Extended Security Updates for Windows 10 will be available until October 2028 – albeit for a currently unspecified annual fee. So if users pay a certain amount then the company will give security updates for another three years. This approach is not new for Microsoft, which also offered paid Extended Security Updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 until January 2023, according to Canalys.
The pricing plans for Windows 7’s extended support began at US$25 per PC for the first year of support, quadrupling to US$100 annually in the third and final year of Extended Security Updates. “If Microsoft pursues a similar pricing structure for Windows 10’s extended support, the more cost-effective option will be migration to newer, Windows 11-capable PCs – forcing older PCs onto the scrapheap,” added Canalys.