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Leaving Windows 7? Here are some non-Windows options.

Get ready to say goodbye to Windows 7. On Jan. 14, 2020, Microsoft will deliver the final free security update for PCs running Windows 7. There will be no reprieve. So now what?

First, I know many of you and I’m among your number — really don’t want to move to Windows 10 to get real work done. Even now, in August 2019, with just five months to go before Windows 7’s final curtain, Net Applications reports that 36% of Windows users are still on Windows 7. Only 55.2% of Windows users have jumped to Windows 10, a full four years after its debut.

People are sticking with 7 because they like it better and they feel they’re more productive on it. It just works. Windows 10, on the other hand, has been plagued by one update failure after another. I’ve lost count of how many major Windows 10 foul-ups I’ve endured.

But seriously, what can you do if you really, really don’t want to “upgrade” to Windows 10.

Well, you can stick with Windows 7 — if you’re willing to pay $300 per PC per year for Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU). ESUs will provide you security support through January 2023. But they’re only available to users running Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Enterprise who bought the OS via a volume licensing deal.

With an ESU, you’ll also still be able to use Office 365 ProPlus. Oh? You didn’t know? Microsoft won’t support this version of Office (PDF) after Windows 7 hits its end-of-support life. As for Office 2010, its supported life ends on Oct. 13, 2020. There will be no extended plan for it. After that, Microsoft really wants you to switch to Office 365. As a “last resort” — Microsoft’s words, not mine — you can buy what will almost certainly be the last true desktop version of Office, Office 2019.

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