The expiry of Windows 7 earlier has claimed a few victims, even though there was a considerable amount of time for warning from Microsoft. Earlier in January the German government failed to upgrade 33,000 machines from Windows 7 and has since had to pay out over $800,000 in fees to Microsoft.
The NHS has now failed to upgrade nearly half a million computers from Windows 7 to Windows 10, even though a deal was signed between the NHS and Microsoft last April to upgrade all those computers, for free to Windows 10. Microsoft just required that it was done before the end of January this year, which has not happened.
This isn’t the first time the NHS has been so slow to move from one version of Windows to another, back at the end of 2016 the NHS still had 90% of NHS trusts running Windows XP and at that time, the support had ended eighteen months prior. At the time, 24 NHS trusts didn’t actually know when they would upgrade to a newer version of Windows or newer operating system.
As the German government has done, companies can pay Microsoft for extra support but it does cost $50 per machine for the first year.
The NHS currently has 463,784 total machines running Windows 7.