Starting June 1, 2019, EA and EAS customers who have active subscription licenses for Windows 10 Enterprise E5, Microsoft 365 E5, Microsoft 365 E5 Security, or Windows VDA E5 (as of January 14, 2020) receive Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) for Year 1 as a benefit. This limited-time promotion gives customers more options to continue receiving Windows 7 security updates after the end of support.
This promotion is available only to volume licensing (VL) customers, and is not available through cloud service providers (CSP). This promotion does not apply to Academic SKUs.
Appendix F of the June 1, 2019, Product Terms reflects the new promotion and entitlement to Windows 7 ESU 2020 for qualifying subscriptions. It also includes other conditions and eligibility requirements.
Because this is an entitlement-based promotion, there are no additional operational steps, such as discounting existing SKUs or transacting separate promotion SKUs. ESU Multiple Access Keys (MAKs) will automatically be made available in the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC). Customers have to download the ESU from VLSC, and register the keys.
Grants to Windows 7 ESU 2020 will be valid starting on June 1, 2019. This is when promotion-eligible customers will start seeing Windows 7 ESU keys in VLSC. However, please notice that customers will not see entitlements to Windows 7 ESU in their License Summary in VLSC until the ESU coverage start date of January 14, 2020.
Yes. Qualifying subscription licenses must remain active throughout the full ESU coverage period. Otherwise, the free ESU coverage expires together with the subscription. This arrangement differs from the purchased ESU terms. Purchased terms provide a fixed coverage term that is independent of the EA enrollment term and any other licenses that were purchased.
E5 is a user-based license, and ESU is typically a device-based benefit. This means that as long as a user who is entitled to E5 logs in to the device, that device is covered. But if a user who does not have an E5 entitlement logs in, that device is no longer covered by the E5 promotion. For shared devices, either the device has to have an E5 license, or every user who accesses the device requires an E5 license. If the device is not licensed for E5, and any user without an E5 license accesses the device, a separate paid ESU license is required.
Yes. Customers who take advantage of the promotion may acquire Windows 7 ESU for 2021 and 2022 without having to acquire the 2020 ESU license. Please see the June 1, 2019, Product Terms or consult a licensing representative for specific details and limitations.