Microsoft starts selling 6 more years of Windows Server support

Microsoft yesterday started selling extended support for its Windows Server software, letting corporate customers add up to six years to the lifespan of Windows Server 2008 and later, and SQL Server 2008 and later.

The company had announced this “Premium Assurance” in December, saying then that the extended support would be available for purchase this month.

Under Premium Assurance, only vulnerabilities graded as “Critical” and “Important” will be patched. The extended support costs between 5% and 12% of the current licensing cost for each year of coverage, depending on when a customer commits. The sooner a plan is bought, the lower the price.

If Premium Assurance for Windows Server Datacenter is bought before the end of June, for example, the price would be approximately $31 per license. But from July 2019 on, the cost would be $76 per license, representing a 145% increase.

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