Extended Security Updates are available through specific volume licensing programs. Contact your Microsoft partner
or account team to learn more. ESUs for select Embedded products are available via your embedded device manufacturer.
Coverage will be available in three consecutive 12-month increments following End of Support. Customers cannot buy partial periods (e.g., only 6 months). Extended Security Updates are transacted per year (12-month period), commencing with the End of Support
Eligible customers can use the Azure Hybrid Benefit (available to customers with active Software Assurance or Server Subscriptions) to obtain discounts on the license of Azure Virtual Machines (IaaS) or Azure SQL Database Managed Instance
The average Windows 7 user can’t buy these updates, however. They’re only available to businesses and other organizations.
Some good news: Instead of just being available to large companies with volume licensing agreements, Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESUs) will be available to businesses of any size—even small or mid-size companies.
Microsoft won’t sell you these updates directly, and they’re not available through normal retail channels. According to
Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft officials said these ESUs must be purchased “from qualified Cloud Solution Provider partners.” A
Microsoft blog post about Windows 7 support invites interested parties to “Please reach out to your partner or Microsoft account team for further details.”