So It’s official – Microsoft has announced that it will indeed start charging Windows 7 customers a monthly fee

To be fair it’s only from January 14th 2020, If that date sounds familiar that’s when Microsoft will end it’s “Extended Support” for Windows 7
As of writing, that’s just 1 year, 4 months, 4 days away, or just 491 Days and Counting!

That means no more patches or security updates unless… You pay!
that fee goes up every year.

“today we are announcing that we will offer paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) through January 2023. The Windows 7 ESU will be sold on a per-device basis and the price will increase each year,” explained Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President for Office and Windows Marketing. Microsoft’s Blog Explained

Whilst pricing has not been revealed, It does mean at least there’s a backup for those who are still struggling to migrate away from Windows 7.
If you’re still dead set on staying with Windows 7, you can just keep paying, At least until January 2023