- Nov 10, 2017
When Microsoft announced the end-of-support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 more than two years ago, the company offered its Extended Security Updates (ESU) program. ESU allowed organizations that were still running the aforementioned OSs to receive important security updates to help them stay safe from cyberthreats.
While Microsoft will provide the final batch of security updates for Windows 7 in January 2023, a platform called 0patch aims to to take Microsoft's place in keeping the old operating systems protected against cyberthreats. 0patch announced this week that it will provide its micropatching service until January 2025 for Windows 7, as well as Windows Server 2008 R2 devices (via Techspot).
"We have decided to keep providing security patches for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 for critical vulnerabilities that are likely to get exploited, and will be happy to keep you secured for a fraction of what you had paid for ESU so far," 0patch's blog stated.
Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 extended security updates are bound to cease in 2023 and 2024, respectively. The 0patch team aims to take Microsoft's place in updating these unofficially.