Microsoft announce hefty prices for Security Updates to Windows 10

Hefty prices for security updates

Microsoft has announced it’s hefty prices for security updates after Windows 10 reaches end of support late next year.

Businesses that continue to run Windows 10 on devices past the Oct. 14, 2025 deadline will have to pay a yearly fee for access to Microsoft’s Extended Security Updates (ESU) program or miss out on important security fixes. Enrolling in the Windows 10 ESU program enables you to continue receiving monthly security updates for your Windows 10 devices. That way, Microsoft say, you have more time to complete your move to Windows 11.

Access to Microsoft’s Extended Security Updates (ESU) program will cost AU$92.62 per device for the first year, Microsoft said in a bog post When to use Windows 10 Extended Security Updates. The access will be available for a maximum of three years.

There is a BUT, the price will double annually after year one, Microsoft said. This raises the cost to AU$185.24 per device in the second year, and $277.86 in the third year. Skipping a year won’t save you costs either, Microsoft has already said that those who join in year two will also pay for the first year and those who join in year three will pay for all three years. This will make it a costly exercise for small and medium businesses who are currently trying to recoup the losses brought on by the Covid lock-downs.

Businesses that use one of Microsoft’s Intune or Windows Autopatch will receive a 25% discount on ESU licenses. This reduces the cost to AU$68.31 per device for the first year, but only for up to five devices. The rest of the devices would be at the full cost making it a small saving if you have many devices still using Windows 10. This is still a hefty prices for security updates when many companies are still recovering from the Covid lock-downs.

Customers in the education sector will pay significantly less. They will pay AU$1.52 per ESU license in the first year, AU$3.04 in the second year, and AU$6.02 in the third year, according to a post Windows 10 end of support updates for education posted to their Education Blog. This seems much more reasonable and shows Microsoft places a high value those in the education sector. They also offer students and educators at eligible institutions Office 365 Education for free, giving access them access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Microsoft Teams and even offer further free classroom tools.

At this stage they have not yet announced what private individuals will be charged for access to Microsoft’s Extended Security Updates (ESU) program but we expect it will be somewhere in between what they will charge the education sector and what they will charge businesses.

With Windows 10 end of support nearing, you have three options to stay on a supported version of Windows:

  • Upgrade existing eligible PCs
  • Purchase new Windows 11 PCs.
  • Migrate to the cloud and subscribe to Windows 365.
    ESUs are available at no cost to those Windows 10 PCs that are used to access a Windows 365 Cloud PC running Windows 11.

The new Windows 10 prices show Microsoft is getting desperate to push users to the latest operating system Windows 11. This highlights the long-running problem the tech giant has had encouraging users to switch Windows 11. Statistics from Statcounter currently put the Windows 11 market share at just under 27%, while Windows 10 still commands around 69%. Now, Microsoft is switching the incentive to a purely financial one, ramping up ESU fees in a more coercive attempt to move users onto Windows 11.

Will this be the the inventive that finally works to get those reluctant Windows 10 users to make the change to Windows 11 with all it’s shortcomings.



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